BW LPG has reported that its BW Gemini LPG carrier, which recently completed its first crossing of the Pacific Ocean running on LPG, was ‘lightly struck by another vessel’ whilst at anchor at Cristóbal, Panama.
The incident occurred at about 0730hrs local time on 19 December, the very large gas carrier (VLGC) owner and operator said.
According to BW LPG, all crew is safe and accounted for, and no injury has been reported. No pollution has been sighted, and instrumentation onboard indicate that there is no leakage from the vessel. Sounding has been conducted to ensure the integrity of the ship and all required notifications have been made.
BW LPG said: ‘BW Gemini has been inspected by relevant authorities and surveyors. As she awaits her slot to cross the Panama Canal, she will proceed for repairs. No impact to her voyage is expected.’
As previously reported, BW Gemini is the world’s first VLGC to be retrofitted with LPG dual-fuel propulsion technology. Following the BW Gemini’s successful retrofitting and first voyage, BW LPG committed an additional three VLGCs for retrofitting, bringing the total commitment to 15 vessels and a combined cost of approximately $130 million.