BW’s ME-GI LNG newbuild wrapping up gas trials
BW LNG’s new ME-GI carrier recently left the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard in South Korea for gas trials.
The vessel is BW’s fifth newbuilding with M-type, electronically controlled, gas-injection propulsion and re-liquefaction system, in a series of nine ships ordered at the Korean yard.
According to BW LNG, ME-GI vessels have a fuel consumption saving potential compared to previous generations of TFDE and steam-powered vessels of 35 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively.
Norway-based BW LNG is a unit of the Singapore-based gas shipping giant BW Group.
The company’s newest LNG carrier named BW Pavilion Aranthera has a capacity of 173,400 cubic meters.
It is the second vessel that will go on on long-term charter to Singapore’s Pavilion Energy as part of a deal signed back in 2018.
DSME delivered the first vessel out of this batch, BW Pavilion Aranda, in September last year.
Pavilion and BW formed a joint venture in 2014 to acquire, manage and charter maritime LNG assets, including carriers.
The joint venture’s fleet includes two Singapore-flagged LNG carriers, the BW Pavilion Vanda and the BW Pavilion Leeara.