Babcock International’s LGE business has received a contract to deliver the LPG cargo handling and fuel gas supply system (FGSS) for a new vessel, which will use LPG as a primary fuel source.

Being constructed in China, the 86,000m³ ship was ordered by a leading Asian ship-owner. The carrier is scheduled to be delivered in January 2021.

Babcock’s FGSS connects with the cargo handling system for transfer between the two systems during voyages.

Babcock has worked directly with the main engine supplier MAN Energy Solutions (MAN-ES) for more than 18 months to ensure the correct LPG fuel delivery condition from the FGSS to the main engine.

MAN Energy Solutions ME-GI promotion manager René Sejer Laursen said: “We have been very happy to work on this project with Babcock. Its cooperation with us, covering the fuel-gas supply system underpinning the ME-LGIP engine, has been first class.

“This is the first new-building project to exploit LPG as a fuel and, as such, is a great showcase for both our companies’ technologies. Babcock’s extensive experience within the LPG sphere and, not least, within the reliquefaction process, has proved invaluable.

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“MAN Energy Solutions looks forward to continuing our mutual relationship in the future, not just aboard LPG carriers but also other merchant vessels.”

Additionally, the ship’s cargo handling system will be fitted with Babcock’s patented vent gas cooler (VGC) technology, which is operational in over 80 LPG carriers.

“Babcock’s FGSS connects with the cargo handling system for transfer between the systems during voyages.”

LGE managing director Neale Campbell said: “The ingenuity of our hugely talented team based at our facility in Rosyth, Scotland, is revolutionising the LPG market, equipping customers to ready themselves to meet tough emission regulations through the use of our patented technology.”

Along with the new-building order, Babcock has also received a contract to carry out a front end engineering design (FEED) study into an LPG fuel system upgrade as a retrofit onto a number of very large gas carriers (VLGCs).