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MAN B&W Gas New Liquid ME-GI Engine

The general-cargo carrier newbuilding will be designed by FKAB in Gothenburg, Sweden and powered by MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new Liquid ME-GI engine running on LPG. Pictured here is another FKAB design for an LNG feeder vessel. Image courtesy MAN Diesel & Turbo.

MAN Diesel & Turbo introduced its Liquid ME-GI (Liquid Gas Injection) engine. The Liquid ME-GI is powered by LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas), a smaller market than LNG but of significance in certain segments such as the small tankers that ply river traffic and coastal shipping routes. The Liquid ME-GI is a variant of MAN Diesel & Turbo‘s ME-GI engine, whose control and safety system is based on the experience gathered since the mid-1990s at working gas plants, including a 12K80MC-GI-S in Japan, and the development of a VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) engine in the late 1990s. The announcement follows closely on the company‘s announcement last autumn that a full-scale type test for its ME-GI concept would take place at its test centre in Copenhagen in 2011. All MAN Diesel & Turbo electronically controlled ME engine types are available in dual-fuel versions with the LPG-fuelled version designated ME-LGI. The Liquid ME-GI engine‘s performance is equivalent in terms of output, efficiency and rpm to MAN Diesel & Turbo‘s successful ME-C and ME-B series of engines. As the Liquid ME-GI engine‘s fuel system has few moving parts, it is also more tolerant of different fuel types and accordingly can run on DME (DiMethyl Ether). DME can act as a clean fuel when burned in suitably optimised engines

Dorian Acquires ECO VLGC Challenger


  Dorian LPG Ltd., a leading owner and operator of modern Very Large Gas Carriers ("VLGCs"), reported today that it took delivery of the ECO VLGC Challenger from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.  The Challenger is Dorian LPG's 18th newbuilding delivery. The Challenger will trade in the Helios LPG Pool. With the acquistion of this newly-delivered Challenger, Dorian LPG currently owns and operates 21 modern VLGCs and one pressurized LPG vessel

Braemar Acquires LPG Connect

Braemar Seascope Ltd, the shipbroking arm of Braemar Shipping Services plc, has acquired the LPG broker and consultant LPG Connect International to form a product broking division called Braemar LPG Connect, to take effect from April 21st, 2009. Braemar LPG Connect will be located in Braemar Seascope’s London office and will be headed by Stuart Anderson who will also be part of Braemar’s Gas Department team, with Allison Isaac-Hierscher joining in operations

Dorian Rings Opening Bell Following NYSE Listing

From Left: Alex Ciaputa (DLPG Corporate Secretary), John Lisee (DLPG Controller), Marina Hadjipateras (DLPG Corp Comm), Alex Hadjipateras (DLPG EVP Business Development), Ted Young (DLPG CFO), John Hadjipateras (DLPG Chairman/CEO), John Lycouris (DLPG (USA) President), Oivind Lorentzen (DLPG Director, Seacor CEO), Peter Hadjipateras (DLPG, Corporate Development Manager), Nigel Widdowson (DLPG, Director)

Dorian LPG Ltd. opened the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday, May 9, 2014. The company’s senior management members and directors stood on the NYSE balcony as Dorian CEO, John Hadjipateras rang the bell. The bell ceremony followed the company’s New York Stock Exchange pricing on Wednesday and first day of trading Thursday. Dorian LPG is a liquefied petroleum gas shipping company and an owner and operator of modern VLGCs

Amid Commodity Crisis, LPG Emerges as Accidental Bright-spot

Liquefied Petroleum Gas, long a niche product used by the poor to cook and the rich to barbecue, has become a rare bright spot amid a broad commodities rout, riding on the wave of strong economic growth in India and parts of Southeast Asia.   LPG is best known to consumers as propane or butane used in heating appliances and vehicles. But it is also used in the petrochemicals industry and the electricity sector, acting as a replacement for diesel in generators and power stations.

BW LPG Registers 10% Growth in VLGC Fleet

Photo: BW LPG Limited

 Less domestic petrochemical consumption of LPG would be positive for VLGC shipping as it would result in a greater surplus of LPG available for export.    However, it is still unclear whether this dedicated-feedstock ethylene (five new ethylene plants, two expansions) and propylene production capacity expansion will displace a portion of the olefin production currently coming from flexible-feedstock ethylene crackers (positive for VLGC freight)

Stealthgas Takes Delivery of LPG Carriers

Stealthgas Inc. took delivery of the M/V Sea Bird II on May 18, 2007, the M/V Gas Renovatio on May 29, 2007, the M/V Gas Icon on June 27, 2007, and the M/V Chiltern on June 28, 2007, four LPG carriers that it had previously announced its agreement to acquire, expanding its current fleet to 33 vessels, with a carrying capacity of 141,912 cbm. The M/V Sea Bird II is a 1996 built, 3,518 cbm Fully Pressurized LPG carrier and is employed under a two-year bareboat charter until May 2009 to an

LPG Carriers – Brighter Outlook

Increasing trade for LPG carriers forecasted Owners of LPG carriers can look forward to increasing trade in 2012, despite the uncertain economic environment and the dampening effect of the mild winter in the northern hemisphere according to Drewry’s latest LPG Forecaster.

Dorian Takes Delivery of 'Constitution'

Eco VLGC Constitution

  Dorian LPG Ltd.  a leading owner and operator of modern Very Large Gas Carriers ("VLGCs"), reported today that it took delivery of the ECO VLGC Constitution from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. Constitution, Dorian LPG's eighth newbuilding delivery, will be operated in the Helios LPG Pool.  

Dorian LPG Takes Delivery of Five Newbuilds

Photo: Dorian LPG

 Dorian LPG Ltd took delivery of five vessels under our ECO-design VLGC newbuilding program, the Continental, the Constitution, the Commodore, the Cresques and the Constellation.   John Hadjipateras, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We took the delivery of five new Eco-design VLGCs this past quarter and are nearing the completion of the build-out of our fleet."  

Nakilat Delivers Steady Performance in Q3

Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti Photo Nakilat

 Nakilat has announced its financial results for the third quarter ended 30 September 2016, where the Company’s net profit reached QR 749 million compared to QR 757 million for the same period last year. The Board of Directors stated that the company’s strategic long-term

Iran’s Gasoline Imports Plunge

Photo: National Iranian Oil Company

Iran's gasoline imports decreased from 12 million liters per day (ml/d) in the first half of current fiscal year to 4 ml/d currently, says Seyyed Mohsen Ghamsari, the director for international affairs of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).  

Navigator Gas Signs up for ShipServ

File photo: Navigator Gas

 Navigator Gas Signs up for ShipServ   Navigator Gas, one of the world’s largest LPG vessel operators, has recently signed up to use ShipServ for all its procurement activities.   The London-headquartered company recently took its ship management activities in-house based

Teekay LNG May Issue Bonds to Fund Newbuilds

Photo:  Teekay Corporation

 Teekay LNG Partners intends to issue new five-year senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market.    Net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used to fund newbuilding installments, as well as to refinance NOK bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes

As Market Sours, LPG Tankers Anchor off Singapore

Record U.S. LPG exports to Asia flip market into a glut. Last year, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplied to Asia was being snapped up by petrochemical makers. Now, after a flood of U.S. exports into the region, the market is awash with LPG and supplies are being stored in ships anchored off $28.4B Worth of Ships Delivered to Date


As the calendar now indicates we have passed the half year mark on 2016, offers insight on the number and value of all the 2016 built vessels that have been delivered so far vs how many are still yet to be delivered.  

GE Shipping Takes Delivery of a New Building Resale Kamsarmax

Photo: Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited

 Great Eastern Shipping Company (GE Shipping) took delivery of a new building resale Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Carrier ‘Jag Aalok’ of about 82023 dwt.    According to a report in the Livement,  the company had contracted to buy the ship in April 2016

Over 60 Vessels Transit Expanded Panama Canal

Photo Panama Canal Authority

The Expanded Panama Canal has transited 69 Neopanamax vessels since the Inauguration on June 26, 2016. Specifically, 40 containerships, 24 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers, three vehicle carriers and two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers have transited the Expanded Canal

Nakilat Upgrades VSAT Service for LNG/LPG Fleet

Photo courtesy of Nakilat

Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas sector, has entered into a contract with Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.’s Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) service line to provide marine VSAT services for vessels in its fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied

Pakistan Mulls Second LNG Import Terminal

BW LNG. Photo:  BW Group

 BW Group (BW) has signed a 15-year agreement with Pakistan GasPort Limited (PGPL) to provide LNG regasification services utilizing a new-build Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) for the second Pakistan LNG terminal.  

Pressure Mounting on VLGCs Rates - Drewry

Source Drewry’s LPG Forecaster report (

A wave of cargo cancellations from the US is putting additional pressure on VLGC rates, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   Two major factors have lowered VLGC rates in recent times: excessive fleet growth and weak

Alfa Laval Launches DuroShell LPG/E Cargo Condenser

DuroShell (Photo: Alfa Laval)

With the new Alfa Laval DuroShell plate-and-shell heat exchanger, Alfa Laval aims to strengthen its offering in LPG/E cargo reliquefaction with a construction that increases resistance to thermal and pressure fatigue.   Alfa Laval DuroShell is a specially engineered plate-and-shell heat

MN100: The Shearer Group, Inc.

(Image: The Shearer Group, Inc.)

The Company: The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) designs inland towboats and barges, with a focus on the inland sector. Inland barges built to TSGI designs number in the thousands, along with a myriad of towboat, dry dock and other specialty designs

Topaz Secures Tengiz Oilfield Contracts

Offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine has been appointed the technical managers of three vessels by a consortium comprising Blue Water Shipping A/S and Kazmortransflot (KMTF), in connection with the TCO developed Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan.  

Gas Carrier Fleet Nears a New Milestone

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the last two decades gas shipping sectors have been amongst the faster growing parts of the the world of global shipping industry, says Clarksons Research.   This week’s Analysis takes a look at how shipping’s ‘coolest’ sector has grown in prominence to

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