04 March 2020

World LPG Association (WLPGA) wins prestigious GREEN4SEA Initiative Award In recognition of significant contribution to greener shipping



Paris, 4th March 2020

World LPG Association (WLPGA) wins prestigious GREEN4SEA Initiative Award

In recognition of significant contribution to greener shipping


WLPGA has been awarded the GREEN4SEA Initiative Award for adding value to the maritime industry by addressing the benefits of using LPG as a marine fuel. The GREEN4SEA annual awards recognise serious contributions to greener shipping and are given during the awards ceremony during the GREEN4SEA annual conference in Athens.

Constantine Markakis, President and CEO, Dorian LPG Management, Athens, presenting the award to Nikos Xydas, Technical Director WLPGA

The award is in recognition of WLPGA’s activities in promoting LPG as a marine fuel and for its report: “LPG Bunkering, Guide for LPG Marine Fuel Supply”. The report offers guidance for LPG marine fuel supply, concluding that sufficient potential infrastructure for distribution of LPG is available to serve potential marine market demand.

LPG is a key enabler for IMO 2050 and as fuel it addresses IMO sulphur regulation forever.

The report aims to improve understanding within the maritime industry, of issues related to bunkering ships with LPG. The report highlights that LPG is becoming the preferred fueling solution for LPG carriers. Currently, 26 VLGCs are being newly built or retrofitted to use LPG as a fuel. The first vessels will be operational in 2020. Other key areas addressed are design issues, current thinking on possible solutions to regulations requirements, safeguards and safe practices, as well as important areas of operational processes and training.

With the marine industry under pressure to take measures to reduce emissions to comply with IMO 2020 and align with the 2050 emissions strategy, LPG can make significant inroads into the marine fuel market. LPG propulsion, starting with the LPG carrier sector, needs to move beyond a niche fuel option, to gain acceptance in the wider shipping sector that it greatly deserves. Infrastructure for distribution and bunkering is largely available to serve potential marine market demand (vs other alternative fuels for which infrastructure still needs to be developed), and engine technology has been developed for a wide range of power outputs, requiring lower capex compared to other alternatives.

In the near future, economic incentives and the performance examples of the first vessels in operation, will attract more ship owners and operators to invest in LPG fueled fleets. LPG engine technology is now readily available and using dual fuel engines allows also operators during the trip, depending on price, to use LPG or compliant fuel, whichever is more economical. The report demonstrates that infrastructure for LPG is already in place for bunkering with LPG anywhere in the world. Supplies are also abundant, especially due to increased production coming from the US.


LPG as a Marine Fuel is a long-term solution.

To download a copy of the report visit the WLPGA publications house

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The World LPG Association (WLPGA) is the authoritative voice for the global LPG industry representing the full LPG value chain. The primary goal of the association is to add value to the sector by driving premium demand for LPG, while also promoting compliance to good business and safety practice. With over 300 members in 125 countries, the association brings together private and public companies involved in one, several or all activities of the industry, develops long-term partnerships with international organisations and implements projects on local and global scales.  The Association was established in 1987 and granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1989.  


Contact Nikos Xydas,

@worldlpgassoc, @LPGapps