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Exmar's two new LPG-powered VLGCs to feature Wartsila cargo handling and fuel gas system

Includes LPG bunkers as a fully integrated part of the cargo handling system.

Exmar vessel. Image credit: MAN Diesel & Turbo

Updated on 17 Sep 2018 08:56 GMT

Technology group Wartsila has announced that it will provide an integrated cargo handling and fuel gas system for the two previously announced LPG-powered very large gas carriers (VLGCs) ordered by Belgium-based Exmar.

Both vessels are to be constructed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) in Subic Bay, Philippines, and are due for delivery within the third quarter of 2020.

Wartsila notes that its technology offers LPG bunkers as a fully integrated part of the cargo handling system. The system is controlled by Wartsila's Nacos Platinum integrated automation platform in combination with the company's remote process analytics software, which is designed to optimise operability and safety.

Nacos Platinum combines and visualises data from the bridge navigation and communication controls, the engine room, and the cargo control centre. This integrated solution is said to enable high energy efficiency with lower carbon emissions, providing a positive Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for the vessels.

Wartsila will also deliver its Airguard anti-pollution shaft sealing system, which is designed to provide extra security against oil leaking into the sea. The propeller shaft mounted additional 'air barrier' is said to ensures complete separation of the stern tube oil from the seawater.

The Wartsila equipment is scheduled for delivery in mid-2019.

"These are 'game-changing' gas carriers and our aim has been to achieve the best possible operational and economic performance, while at the same time, ensuring the lowest possible environmental footprint. Wartsila's systems and solutions will help us meet these targets," commented Pierre Dincq, Managing Director Shipping, Exmar.

"Exmar has extensive experience with a variety of fuel systems, including HFO, MDO and LNG fuelled steam turbines. Adding LPG as a fuel to this array of fuel systems will be beneficial to Exmar's reputation as a gas transportation expert," he added.

Timo Koponen, Vice President, Processing Solutions, Wartsila, remarked: "We are proud they have selected such a broad scope of our products, which have been combined into a smart marine solution for this new generation of LPG carriers. Wartsila's integrated solutions are designed to promote sustainable shipping and a lower total cost of ownership with lifecycle optimisation."

As previously reported, Exmar has contracted the vessels to serve the long-term LPG transportation commitments of energy firm Statoil. It is the result of Statoil's publicly stated commitment to improving the sustainability performance of its activities, and a longstanding cooperation between Exmar and Lloyds Register as classification society and MAN Energy Solutions as engine producer to develop an efficient LPG fuel system that allows part of the cargo to be used for the vessels' propulsion.

Meanwhile, Statoil also last year signed an LPG bunkering agreement with LPG vessel specialist Astomos, where both firms agreed to share information and look into working together on LPG bunkering projects, including LPG-fuelled vessels and the development of global supply sites for the supply of LPG as a fuel to ships.

MAN ME-LGIP engine

Back in March, MAN Energy Solutions confirmed that it will be supplying each of Exmar's two new LPG-fuelled VLGCs with a MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engine.

MAN Diesel & Turbo noted that the ME-LGIP engine has recorded a drop in CO2 emissions of around 10 percent, and a 90 percent reduction in particulate matter when running on LPG, compared with marine diesel oil (MDO).

"In gas mode, we expect the ME-LGIP engine to operate on just 3 percent pilot oil and down to 10 percent load. Ultimately, we expect the engine to operate without the need for pilot oil," Bjarne Foldager, Vice President Sales & Promotion, Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions, explained earlier this year.

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