BW LPG eyes dual fuel retrofits

BW LPG, in the midst of a protracted takeover bid of rival Dorian LPG, is looking to take a leaf out of its acquisition target. John Hadjipateras’s Dorian LPG has led research into using LPG as a ship fuel, something his counterpart at BW LPG, Martin Ackermann, is now keen to follow.

Speaking with Splash, Ackermann said BW LPG has 19 vessels capable of switching to dual fuel. “We are actively looking into some conversions,” Ackermann said.

“LPG is extremely clean and efficient compared to both compliant fuel and HFO,” the BW LPG CEO explained, adding: “11% better efficiency, 20% less NOX, 97% less SOX, 24% less greenhouse gas emissions and 90% less particulate matters. So a very viable fuel for the future – and of course easy to cope with 2020.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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