Environmental Protection

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Ship Recycling

Ship recycling is a fundamental part of the shipping value chain. At the end of a vessel’s commercially viable life, shipowners have a responsibility to ensure that it is recycled responsibly and in a manner that minimises impact to human health and the environment.

At BW LPG, we have established a safe and sustainable process for ship recycling where we closely manage the entire process to ensure alignment with both internal and external expectations for safe recycling. We limit our selection of a ship recycling facility to those which are ISO 30000 certified and approved by a class society, and operate in full compliance with the Hong Kong Convention. ISO 30000 certification provides a transparent process and allows BW LPG to monitor vital parts of the ship recycling management system.

Where possible, we will pre-inspect the facility and have a BW LPG representative on site with ‘stop-work authority’ throughout the demolition process.

Before sailing to the recycling facility, we will prepare an Inventory of Hazardous Materials document (IHM, also called a green passport), and collaborate with the recycling facility to formulate a safer and more environmentally sound plan for decommissioning the vessel.

Regulatory Compliance

We recycle our vessels in full compliance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 1 and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. There are also undertakings under our various loan facilities to comply with international ship recycling regulations.

We are also governed by an internal Ship Recycling Policy that mandates that all vessels are recycled in a safe and environmentally sound manner. This includes conducting due diligence audits prior to committing to a ship recycling facility and having a BW LPG representative on site to ensure that the facility acts in an ethical, legal and socially responsible manner.

 

Spills to Sea

Preventing Pollution from Spills

Spills of oil, fuel and other chemicals are harmful to the marine environment as well as public health and can damage property.

BW LPG places great emphasis on protecting the oceans and seas from pollution and spillage. In the event of a spill, all vessels have a contingency plan for marine and environmental pollution that is approved by the Recognised Organisation (RO).

Ballast Water Management

Our ballast water management system sets out the way we control and manage ballast water and sediments from vessels, to ensure their handling is done in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Regulatory Compliance

We comply with the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention. All BW LPG vessels practice a class approved Ballast Water Management Plan which is specific to each vessel, and is written in accordance with the requirements in the International Convention for the Control and Management of the Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments.

 

Waste Management

Garbage generated onboard vessels can contribute to marine pollution. We make it a priority onboard to reduce waste and manage disposal carefully to support a safe and healthy work environment onboard as well as preserve a pollution-free marine ecosystem.

Crew members play an active part to reduce the amount of onboard generated garbage. Every vessel maintains a Garbage Management Plan and a Garbage Record Book where procedures for collecting, storing, processing and discharging of garbage, including the use of the garbage processing equipment onboard. Crew members are also encouraged to suggest improvement ideas to reduce waste.

In 2020, we pledged our support for the IMPA SAVE Council for Maritime Supply Chain Sustainability, an international coalition working to ensure sustainability in maritime supply chains, to reduce the use of single-use plastics onboard our vessels, thus reducing the amount of garbage generated.

Regulatory Compliance

We comply with regulations for the prevention of pollution by oil, sewage and garbage from ships, which are contained in Annexes I, IV and V of MARPOL respectively. For vessel sailing in US waters, we follow The Federal Water Pollution Control Act that prohibits the discharge of oil into its waters.

Environmental Performance Dashboard

Sustainability Priority Emissions to AirEnergy Management Ship RecyclingSpills to Sea
UNSDG137,131514, 15
2020 TargetsRetrofit four vessels with LPG dual-fuel propulsion engines and prepare to retrofit another eight in 2021

Zero delay in planned drydockings to optimise vessel performance

 

Actual fuel efficiency ≤ forecasted fleet performance

Zero non-compliance with Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships

 Zero spills to sea

 

Zero non-compliance with IMO Ballast Water Management Convention

 

Zero non-compliance with MARPOL Annex I (oil) and IV (sewage) regulations

 

Zero non-compliance with BW LPG Waste Management Policy

2020 ProgressSuccessfully retrofitted four vessels with LPG dual-fuel propulsion engines

Zero delay in planned drydockings

 

Actual fuel efficiency within forecasted fleet performance

No vessel was recycled in 2020

Zero spills to sea

 

Zero non-compliance with IMO Ballast Water Management Convention

 

Zero non-compliance with MARPOL Annex I (oil) and IV (sewage) regulations

 

Zero non-compliance with BW LPG Waste Management Policy

2021 Targets

Retrofit eight vessels with LPG dual-fuel propulsion engines

 

Prepare to retrofit another three vessels in 2022

All Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) to be updated according to new requirements

 

Upgrading of LED lights onboard vessels

 

All vessels to have available onboard voyage optimisation tools and programs

 

Actual fuel efficiency within 5% band of benchmark

Zero non-compliance with Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships

Zero spills to sea

 

Zero non-compliance with IMO Ballast Water Management Convention

 

Zero non-compliance with MARPOL Annex I (oil) and IV (sewage) regulations

 

Zero non-compliance with BW LPG Waste Management Policy

Our Environmental Policies

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