Singapore’s BW LPG has signed contracts for the retrofitting of four vessels with LPG-propelled dual fuel engines, which it claims is a world first.
BW LPG says the retrofitting will take place in conjunction with drydockings starting 2020 and the deal includes options for more vessels to be retrofitted. It claims the retrofits will reduce sulphur oxide emissions by up to 97%.
Martin Ackermann, CEO of BW LPG, commented: “BW LPG has been preparing for IMO 2020 for years and today, I am pleased to announce that we have signed contracts for the delivery and retrofitting of four LPG-propelled dual-fuel engines. We will be the global pioneer in operating next-generation, high-tech green ships with dual-fuel propulsion. Responsible operations and profitability are not conflicting goals – rather, they are preconditions for each other. This retrofitting is just one way in which we ensure that our shareholders invest in a forward-looking company that positions itself well for future challenges.”
Ackermann recently told Splash that BW LPG has 19 vessels capable of switching to dual fuel.