VLGC achieves ‘historic’ LPG milestone

BW LPG has announced that its BW Gemini has become the world’s first very large gas carrier (VLGC) to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

The vessel, which has been retrofitted with LPG dual-fuel propulsion technology, achieved the milestone during a week-long sea and gas trials.

According to BW LPG, the retrofitted main engine successfully ran on LPG and switched to traditional fuel ‘seamlessly’.

The retrofitting process at Yiu Lian Dockyard in Shenzhen, China, took approximately 60 days and is estimated to have emitted 2,060 tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is approximately 97% lower when compared to ordering a newbuilding with similar technology, says BW LPG.

Pontus Berg, BW LPG Executive Vice President (Technical and Operations), said: ‘LPG is powering our vessels while protecting the environment. With over 80 years of experience in LPG handling, we look forward to demonstrating its benefits to the industry and prepare for the future of zero-carbon propulsion.’

As previously reported by’s sister publication Bunkerspot, BW LPG first announced the project to convert some of its LPG carriers to an LPG-fuelled propulsion system in August 2018.

In June, BW LPG was awarded flag acceptance by the Isle of Man Ship Registry for its design to convert the BW Gemini to run on LPG.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry