BW LPG Sells Two Gas Carriers

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

November 30, 2020

© John Jacq / MarineTraffic.com

© John Jacq / MarineTraffic.com

BW LPG has entered into memorandums of agreement (MOA) to sell two very large gas carriers (VLGC) BW Confidence and BW Cedar, the Singapore-based shipowner announced Monday.

BW Confidence was built in 2006 and has a carrying capacity of 83,270 cubic meters. The sale is expected to generate approximately $36 million in liquidity and an expected net book gain of approximately $4 million. The sale and delivery of the vessel to its new owner is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.

BW Cedar was built in 2007 and has a carrying capacity of 82,260 cubic meters. The sale is expected to generate a net book gain of approximately $3 million. BW Cedar will join three other VLGCs; namely BW Boss, BW Energy and BW Birch in BW LPG's joint venture company (JV) with Global United Shipping India Private Limited, BW Global United LPG India. All four vessels are on time charter contracts to major Indian oil companies to supply India with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Anders Onarheim, CEO of BW LPG, said, “Committing both vessels for sale is aligned with our strategy to capture growth opportunities. With a strong VLGC freight market, we secured an attractive price for BW Confidence. With BW Cedar, we further strengthen BW LPG’s strong base in India. India is the world's second largest LPG import market, and our JV is now the largest VLGC operator in India.”

Upon completion of both sales, BW LPG will own and operate a fleet of 45 modern VLGCs, including BW Gemini, the world’s first VLGC to be retrofitted with pioneering LPG dual-fuel propulsion engine.

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