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).
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.
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.
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.
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.