Photo: LNG carrier BW Pavilion Aranthera

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.

LNG carrier BW Pavilion Aranthera
Image courtesy of BW LNG

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.