Large Gas Carriers News

01 May 2019

Panama Canal Expansion Allows More NGL Transists

Pic: Panama Canal Authority

In June 2016, the Panama Canal Authority, the body that operates the Panama Canal, opened a third set of locks that facilitated transit of larger ships, the first such expansion since the canal was completed in 1914.In the years since the canal was expanded, the largest change in petroleum flows through the canal has been the increase of hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL), especially propane, from the U.S. Gulf Coast to destinations in Asia. HGL represents all natural gas liquids (NGL)…

25 Feb 2019

BW LPG Moves to Gas Trading Too

Pic: BW LPG

Singapore-based owner of gas carriers BW LPG has established a product services division in an effort to support its core shipping business.The  Product Services division is part of BW LPG’s ambition to propose a low-risk and fully-integrated product delivery service to customers.The owner and operator of LPG vessels will purchase LPG and offer it delivered on the basis of cost, insurance and freight, directly to the end user.Through this new division, BW LPG aims to maximise utilisation of its vessels by providing full LPG delivery service…

05 Feb 2019

Global LPG Prices Decline: Dorian LPG

Pic: Dorian LPG

The biggest market change in the fourth calendar quarter of 2018, was the decline in crude oil prices, with Brent falling from a monthly average of nearly $82/barrel in October, finishing the year below $51 per barrel. As a result, global  liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)prices followed the downward trend.Dorian LPG, the Stamford-based owner and operator of 22 very-large gas carriers, said that without the additional LPG cargoes out of Marcus Hook from Mariner East 2, which started operations in January 2019, U.S.

04 Feb 2019

DCP Sells Terminals to NGL

Pic: DCP Midstream

Delaware-based NGL Energy Partners and Colorado's DCP Midstream have executed a purchase and sale agreement under which DCP will convey to NGL its wholesale propane business, generally consisting of seven natural gas liquids terminals in the Eastern United States.Under the terms of the agreement, NGL will acquire 100% ownership of five propane rail terminals operated by Gas Supply Resources, a subsidiary of DCP, and 50% ownership interest in a sixth propane rail terminal.The agreement also includes an import/export terminal located in Chesapeake…

31 Jan 2019

LGP-Fuelled ME-LGIP to Power Chinese VLGC

Rendering of the MAN B&W ME-LGIP engine, showing here a 6S50ME-LGIP type  (Photo: MAN Energy Solutions)

Further shipowners turning to LGP in advance of 2020 emissions deadlineJiangnan Shipyard, owned by China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has ordered an LPG-burning MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP engine in connection with the building of an 86,000-m3 VLGC (Very Large Gas Carrier) for Tianjin Southwest Maritime (TSM), the Chinese shipping company. Vessel delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2021 and includes an option for a second vessel.Bjarne Foldager – Senior Vice President, Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions – said: “With 2020 and the new IMO emissions fast approaching…

09 Jan 2019

Marlink Extends VSAT Contract with Transpetrol

Image: Marlink

Satellite communications specialist Marlink has been awarded a contract renewal to expand its Sealink VSAT service to international ship owner Transpetrol.The provider of satellite communications services for the maritime industry claimed that the higher levels of guaranteed bandwidth ensure global connectivity for 14 strong tanker fleet.The renewal secures access to Marlink’s global network and specially-chosen business critical VSAT solutions for the entire tanker fleet and…

08 Nov 2018

Higher US Export, Lower Fleet Growth Aid LPG Exports

Pic: Avance Gas

The Middle East is the most active export market of LPG exports on very large gas carriers(VLGC), said Norway-based LPG shipping firm Avance Gas.Oslo-listed Avance Gas said in a statement that traditionally Saudi Arabia was the largest exporter, but though growing LNG production from mid-2000 combined with increased petrochemical use of LPG in Saudi Arabia, resulted in Qatar and UAE becoming the largest exporters.Today Qatar and UAE each export about 10 million tons annually, Saudi Arabia 8-9 million tons and Kuwait 4-5 million tons.

16 Oct 2018

Making the Case for LPG as a Marine Fuel

 Research engine at Research Center Copenhagen equipped for LPG use. Images: ©MAN ES

The sulfur emission control areas (SECAs) in place in North-America and Northern Europe, in combination with the upcoming global 0.5% limit on sulfur in 2020 (or 2025) and similar EU limits in 2020, call for alternative fuels as a means for compliance. Several alternative fuels are available and, at the same time, new fuel oil products with very low sulfur content have been introduced.In this respect, the ability of the new MAN ME-LGIP engine to run on LPG, which is a sulfur-free fuel…

08 Oct 2018

BW LPG: Proposal to Combine with Dorian Withdrawn

A BW vessel underway. CREDIT BW LPG

BW LPG Limited (BW LPG) announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to combine with Dorian LPG Ltd. (Dorian). BW LPG will also withdraw the candidates it previously intended to nominate to stand for election to the Dorian board at Dorian’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.BW LPG also announced that the following letter has been sent on October 8, 2018 to the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dorian:Mr. John HadjipaterasChairman, President and Chief Executive OfficerDorian LPG Ltd.c/o Dorian LPG (USA) LLC27 Signal RoadStamford…

17 Sep 2018

Wärtsilä Wins First ‘LPG as Fuel’ Order for New Gas Carriers

Exmar’s new very large gas carriers will feature Wärtsilä technology that enables them to operate on LPG fuel. (Photo: Exmar)

Wärtsilä will provide an integrated cargo handling and fuel gas system for two new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers for Belgium-based owner Exmar. The 80,000m³ very large gas carriers are being built at HHIC-Philippines (Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Philippines) in Subic Bay, and will be the first vessels capable of running on LPG, according to Wärtsilä, who secured the order in July 2018.Wärtsilä, which offers ‘LPG as fuel’ as a fully integrated part of the cargo handling system…

04 Sep 2018

BW LPG Chooses New MAN B&W ME-LGIP Technology

Image: MAN Energy Solutions

MAN Energy Solutions has announced the first retrofit orders for its new MAN B&W ME-LGIP LGP-powered engine.The contract with Oslo-listed BW LPG involves the world’s first retrofitting of four MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.2 HFO-burning engines to 6G60ME-C9.5-LGIP LPG-propelled dual-fuel engines, plus options for further retrofits in the future. BW LPG expects the first retrofitting to take place in conjunction with scheduled drydockings, starting 2020.The deal was signed in advance of the official launch of the MAN B&W ME-LGIP engine in Copenhagen on Monday…

23 Aug 2018

Ship Repair: N-KOM Repair Volume Up 25%

LNG Vessels at NKOM Shipyard. Photo: NKOM

BWMS, Scrubber Install Outlook is GoodOperating since 2011, Qatar’s Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (N-KOM) offers a range of repair, conversion, maintenance and fabrication services to marine, offshore and onshore industry. The shipyard has delivered in excess of 800 marine and offshore projects to date, of which 20% is made up of LNG carrier repairs. In comparison to the first half of 2017, the year 2018 has a marked increase in volume about 25% in terms of repairs and other works.

15 Aug 2018

DryShips Sells Panamax Drybulker

File Photo: DryShips

Greece-based DryShips announced that it has entered into an agreement with an unaffiliated buyer for the sale of one of its 2001-built Panamax drybulk carrier.The vessel is scheduled for delivery to its buyer no later than the end of this month.The diversified owner and operator of ocean going cargo vessels expects to realize a gain on vessels sales compared to the book value of this asset.DryShips operates worldwide. As of August 15, 2018, and not giving effect to any pending vessel transactions…

18 Jul 2018

BW LPG Nominates Three Directors to Dorian LPG Board

Photo: Dorian LPG Ltd

Dorian LPG confirmed that Oslo-based BW LPG BW LPG  has submitted the names of three director candidates to stand for election at Dorian's 2018 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. Dorian LPG, is a fully-integrated liquefied petroleum gas shipping company and the owner and operator of a large fleet of 22 modern very large gas carriers, has previously received a revised unsolicited proposal from BW LPG to combine with Dorian.Dorian's Board of Directors will review all of BW LPG's actions and respond as appropriate in due course.

09 Jul 2018

BW LPG Raises Offer for Dorian LPG

(Photo: BW LPG)

Norway's BW LPG, the world's largest liquid petroleum gas shipper, raised its offer to buy rival Dorian LPG on Monday after its first advance was rebuffed.BW offered Dorian shareholders 2.12 BW LPG shares for each Dorian share, up from 2.05 BW LPG shares in an initial offer made on May 29.BW LPG said the offer represents a value of $8.67 per Dorian share.

15 Jun 2018

DryShips Sells Two Older Panamaxes

File Photo: DryShips

DryShips announced that it has entered into agreements with unaffiliated buyers, for the sale of two of its older Panamax drybulk carriers, built in 2002. The diversified owner and operator of ocean going cargo vessels said that the sale took place for an aggregate gross sales price of $18.8 million. The vessels are scheduled for delivery to their buyers during the third quarter of 2018. The Company is a diversified owner and operator of ocean going cargo vessels that operate worldwide.

29 May 2018

DryShips Acquires Two Vessels

Photo: DryShips

DryShips, a diversified owner and operator of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that it has agreed to acquire one 2013-built Newcastlemax drybulk carrier and one 2017-built Suezmax tanker, each constructed in China. The vessels will be acquired from entities that may be deemed to be affiliates of Mr. George Economou, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, for an aggregate purchase price of $93.8 million, including the associated bank debt of $50.3 million. The transaction remains subject to documentation and customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in June 2018.

29 May 2018

BW LPG Offers to Buy Dorian LPG in $1.1 Bln Deal

(Photo: BW LPG)

The world's largest liquid petroleum gas (LPG) shipper, Norway's BW LPG, is offering to buy competitor Dorian LPG in a $1.1 billion all-stock deal in an effort to boost its earnings in a weak market, it said in a statement on Tuesday.Dorian shareholders will receive 2.05 BW LPG shares for each Dorian share, equal to $7.86 per share, a premium of 13 percent from Friday's closing price, and based on BW LPG's share price on May 28.New York-listed Dorian LPG's equity is valued at about $441 million and including debt the transaction is valued at $1.1 billion.The deal is backed by shipping conglome

08 Feb 2018

DryShips to Spin Off of Its Gas Carrier Business

Photo: DryShips

DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Gas Ships Limited has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, to spin off of its gas carrier business from the Company. In the spin-off, DryShips will distribute to holders of its common stock 49% of the issued and outstanding shares of Gas Ships Limited's common stock. Following the spin-off, Gas Ships Limited will be a publicly-traded company, and DryShips will retain a 51% ownership interest in Gas Ships Limited.

21 Mar 2018

Dorian LPG Announces Third Japanese Financing

Photo: Dorian LPG

Dorian LPG, a leading owner and operator of modern and ECO very large gas carriers (VLGCs), has announced that the Company has entered into a $70.0 million sale and bareboat charter arrangement for the Corvette. The transaction was completed on similar terms as the two prior Japanese financing transactions. The Corvette Japanese Financing resulted in net cash proceeds of $56.0 million, $33.7 million of which was used to repay a portion of the 2015 Debt Facility. The Corvette Japanese Financing has a mandatory buyout in 2031 with early purchase options from March 16…

29 Mar 2018

First LPG-powered Dual-fuel VLGCs Ordered

The Exmar fleet already contains a number of VLGCs such as that pictured here. The two newbuildings will be the first to feature LpG-powered, dual-fuel MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP engines (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries announced it will construct two 80,000 m3 very large gas carriers (VLGC) at its Philippines facilities for Belgian integrated gas shipping company EXMAR. Upon construction, the carriers will be chartered by Statoil. The newbuildings will each be powered by an individual MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engine. MAN Diesel & Turbo reports liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) was chosen as a fuel option so the vessels will comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulphur-emission legislation due to enter force in 2020.

02 Apr 2018

HHI to Build First LPG-Powered Dual-Fuel Engine VLGC

Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo

Hanjin Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced that it will construct  two Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs) in their Philippines Facilities for EXMAR, the Belgian integrated gas shipping company. The 80,000 m3 newbuildings will each be powered by an individual MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engine. MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that the VLGCs have chosen LPG as a fuel option so they can comply with the new IMO sulphur-emission legislation due to enter force in 2020. Engine delivery to the yard has been scheduled for December 2019. Upon construction, the carriers will be chartered by Statoil.

04 May 2018

Dorian LPG to Repower Up to 10 VLGCs

(Photo: Dorian LPG Ltd.)

Ship owner Dorian LPG Ltd. said it will look to upgrade the main engines of up to 10 of its very large gas carriers (VLGCs) to dual fuel technology utilizing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel.The ship owner has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with marine service provider Hyundai Global Service Co., Ltd (HGS) to undertake research and preliminary engineering studies for the project.The initiative follows the conclusion of a study announced in September 2017…

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