BP Shipping beefs up its fleet with six new LNG vessels
BP Shipping (part of BP Group) said in the Company's press release: "It’s been a busy few years in BP Shipping and after approximately 4.6 – 5 million hours worked on our $1.3billion ship build project, we are the proud operators of six new state-of-the-art LNG vessels".
British Partner, British Achiever, British Contributor, British Listener, British Mentor and British Sponsor have all joined the BP Shipping fleet.
Each ship can carry a cargo of LNG equivalent in volume to 69 Olympic sized swimming pools and they deliver this low carbon energy to customers with 20% less CO2 emissions when compared to industry benchmarks.
BP Shipping has more than 30 years’ experience operating LNG ships. When BP Shipping designed the vessels to support IST operations, they had to consider operational flexibility, energy efficiency and new and more challenging port calls and canal transits. Enabling technology, ship/shore compatibility and increased ship manoeuvrability were key focus areas.
"Don't just take BP Shipping's word for it, the ships have been proven to exceed expectations in terms of operational flexibility, efficiency and reduction of waste. From a business benefit perspective, the ships are already confirmed as being 25% more efficient than industry benchmarks at the time of contract award and they are the first BP Shipping LNG carriers to be accredited under BP’s Advancing Low Carbon programme," the release said.
"International Gas within IST is our primary customer and feedback from them has been excellent. Tom Pollock LNG Analyst told us: “ Based on analysis of gas trials data we are now seeing a reduction in fuel consumption when compared to our previous Helios award winning LNG carriers, the Gem Class.” Fuel consumption is a major contributor to running costs and this is a huge saving amounting to approximately $2 million less spend per ship per year".