At BW LPG, caring for the environment goes beyond being compliant with regulations; it is a fundamental element of our core values. We are committed to keeping the future of our planet in mind wherever we do business
A significant part of our operations are directed towards achieving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. We have invested in technology to help reduce our environmental footprint. These initiatives will enable us to manage the environmental impact of our operations while providing competitive energy solutions to our customers.
BW LPG’s fleet is ISO 14001 certified. We have taken a holistic view on energy management involving the entire organisation and are committed to implementing processes and measures that will continually reduce our impact on the environment.
Steadfastly complying with Low Sulphur fuels in Emission Control Areas around the world
Enabling discharge terminals to return cargo vapours to vessel to create a closed ship to shore system thereby cutting down the emission of hydrocarbons to atmosphere
Utilising Mass flow meters for the delivery of bunkers at select ports; Testing each stem of bunkers for quality control
Ensuring we carry inventory of fuel oil optimised for each voyage and nothing more, thereby minimising deadweight
Driving a performance mindset across the team to enhance availability, utilisation and cost awareness
Being agile in all aspects of Operational and Technical management; Utilising voyage obligations to maintain optimum speeds
Abiding to the highest benchmarks of Tanker Industry Health, Safety and Environmental standards
We monitor our CO2 emissions and remain well prepared for the upcoming European Union’s CO2 Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation and International Maritme Organisation’s CO2 Data Collection System (DCS). BW LPG is a member of Workgroup 5 for environmentally friendly shipping (WG5).
WG5 consists of five leading shipping companies such as BW, Klaveness,Wilhelmsen, Grieg Star and Solvang Shipping Group. WG5’s purpose is to make a contribution towards the Norwegian Shipowners Association’s environmental vision of “Zero harmful emissions to air and sea.” We meet regularly to benchmark our environmental efforts and performance.
We also evaluate the enviromental performance for all newbuildings which includes hull and propeller design machinery choice of antifouling system, instrumentation that can improve our fuel performance monitoring and fitting of energy saving devices such as Mewis Ducts and Propeller Boss Cap Fins.
The Company ensures all newbuildings support energy efficient operations, enabling our assets to remain competitive in the market.
We have in place a comprehensive, holistic energy management programme that spans across the organisation, from commercial to technical, involving various stages of planning and implementation, aligned with our identified objectives.
“Only with careful and continual monitoring of fuel efficiency will we achieve the desired optimisation,operational costs and a tangible reduction in environmental impact.”
Senior Manager, BW LPG Operations
Procuring bunkers for each of the fleet vessel is just one functional aspect of operations. We strive to go beyond, on every occasion and ensure that we carry the ideal inventory of fuel oil on board at any one time. Carrying just the right amount of fuel ensures we maximise on cargo carrying capacities and reduce transporting excessive ‘deadweight’ during long voyage legs.
We work to achieve the ideal combination of optimised costs and a tangible reduction in our impact to the environment.
Communication is key to achieving these objectives. Ship managers, charterers, port agents, brokers and vessels are all kept closely aligned both during pre-fixture commitments and during the post fixture voyage execution. Operations form the hub for this activity.
Mass flow meter onboard one of our VLGCs
Bunker Operations underway onboard VLGC BW Volans
By investing in newbuilding programmes with HHI and DSME, BW LPG has enhanced its VLGC fleet with the addition of 12 brand new, fuel efficient carriers. These vessels enable us to deliver fuel efficient and competitive transportation services to our customers on a global basis.
In addition to improved hull and propeller designs, state of the art hull coating and energy saving devices, BW LPG’s newbuildings are equipped with:
All eight ships from HHI are enrolled into Jotun’s Hull Performance Service.
VLGC BW Leo exiting the Enterprise Terminal in the U.S.
“We took delivery
of state of the art
a new standard in fuel
efficiency for this type
of vessel. These vessels
allow us to deliver
fuel efficient, high
to our customers.”
Newbuilding department, BW LPG
Fuel cost: USD 250/mt Average saving laden: 7% Average saving ballast: 6% Payback time: 2.6 years
Fuel cost: USD 250/mt Average saving: 2% ballast/laden Payback time: 1.9 years
CO2 emissions are proportionally linked to the reduction in our vessels’ fuel consumption. Since the energy management project started in 2011, our carbon footprint has been reduced by 20%.
We managed to maintain carbon dioxide tonnes per nautical mile as the same level as 2015. This can be attributed to the applications of various energy reducing solutions continued in 2016.
We aim to reduce our sulphur oxide emissions through the purchase of bunker with reduced sulphur content.
We saw a small increase in emissions between 2016 but have overall reduced sulphur oxide emissions buy 22.6% since 2013.
(*graphs include all BW LPG vessels managed by BWFM and is based on total fuel consumed (ME, AEs, Boliers and incinerator)
All vessels are equipped with compactors and we avoid using disposable plastic bottles for drinking water.
We communicate regularly with our ship handlers about reducing the amount of plastic waste landed by our vessels.
All landed plastic waste is disposed for recycling.