As the market for dual-fuel engines on gas carriers drives compressor sales, some are seizing newer, niche opportunities Babcock LGE business has secured a contract for LPG cargo handling and the fuel gas supply system (FGSS) for the world’s first newbuild vessel to use LPG as a primary fuel source. The 86,000m3 carrier, ordered by an Asian shipowner, is being built in China’s Jiangnan Shipyard and will be delivered in January 2021. Babcock’s FGSS will supply fuel to the MAN Energy Solutions main engine from LPG fuelled in a deck tank. The supply unit is integrated with cargo handling for transfer between the two systems during voyages. Babcock has worked with MAN for the past year and a half to ensure the correct LPG fuel delivery condition from FGSS to the main engine. “Babcock’s co-operation with us covers the fuel-gas supply system underpinning the ME-LGIP engine,” says MAN promotion manager dual-fuel engines, René Sejer Laursen. “This is the first newbuilding project to exploit LPG as a fuel and 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 invalua...