Wednesday 19th August 2020

The Isle of Man is one of the first in the world to convert two types of ship with dual fuel LPG propulsion systems.

The conversion of BW Leo and BW Gemini are expected to be completed by the end of the summer, with a further ten vessels to follow suit with fuel conversions taking place at each vessel’s next scheduled dry docking.

The use of LPG compared to traditional fuels will virtually eliminate sulphur emissions (by around 90-97%) and further reduces the emission of nitrogen oxides and black carbon particulate matter.

Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for the Environment, Food and Agriculture said:

“This is a significant environmental milestone. Greenhouse gas emissions from these vessels will be cut by around 17% when running on LPG, making them much cleaner than the current international requirement.

“A world first in any arena is a remarkable achievement, it shows the Isle of Man are out ahead in terms of our thinking and practises. Hopefully, this will become a new standard for shipping and lead to emission reductions across the board.’

George Webb, Chief Executive of Liquid Gas UK, commented:

“It’s great to see the Isle of Man leading the way with innovative shipping technology. LPG is the perfect partner for the decarbonisation of a variety of sectors, from domestic heat to industrial processes, from maritime to supporting rockets launching into space.

“I hope this success is heard in UK Government as they look towards their own transport decarbonisation plan and take into account the key role for LPG.”

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK