Babcock to provide LPG and ammonia fuel supply systems to Chinese shipyards

Babcock’s LGE business has won contracts to provide its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and ammonia cargo handling and fuel gas supply systems to Chinese shipyards.

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As informed, the contracts are for two mid-size LPG carriers for a Chinese shipyard and European owner plus six very large ammonia carriers (VLACs) for a Chinese shipyard and an Asian-based shipowner.

The Asian-based shipowner is believed to be Singaporean shipping company Eastern Pacific Shipping who has six VLACs on order at Jiangnan Shipbuilding.

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The new vessels will be delivered during 2026 and 2027 and will service the increasing requirement for international long-haul LPG and ammonia transportation with Babcock’s ecoVGC and ecoVLACtechnology.

The latest awards follow a successful 2023 for Babcock’s LGE business after winning more than 40 and delivering more than 50 projects.

The business secured this record number of new contracts for the design and supply of cargo handling and fuel gas supply systems for marine transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), LPG, ethane, ammonia and CO2, all using in-house developed and patented or patent-pending technology.

Neale Campbell, Managing Director of Babcock’s LGE business, said: “We’re committed to providing environmental and economic solutions for our customers’ assets and investing in pioneering technology for the future.”

“These latest contract wins further build on the existing developments, especially in ammonia shipping, for Babcock’s LGE business and mark an important milestone in our technological approach to fully support the industry’s transition to net zero.”

Babcock’s LGE business provides cargo handling and fuel gas supply systems for the liquefied gas markets. Its environmentally-focused technologies are expected to improve vessel efficiency and enhance performance throughout the entire life of the vessel.