BW Kosan at a Glance

BW Epic Kosan operates a fleet of approximately 60 vessels ranging in size from 3,000 to 11,000 cubic meters in the pressurised, semi-refrigerated and ethylene-capable shipping sectors.

Vessels in the fleet
3,000 – 11,000
Capacity of vessels

Our Vessels

Pressurised, semi-refrigerated, ethylene and ammonia-capable ships

Our Team

In-house operational, technical and crewing teams

We aim to deliver to our customers the best solution for their transportation needs, along with exceptional service and operational standards. Our organisation has significant commercial and technical capability to meet our customers’ requirements worldwide. The company is headquartered in Singapore with Copenhagen covering our regional activities in the West, alongside teams in Manila and Tokyo.

We have the scale and operational strength for future success. We are working to grow our average vessel size, to maintain an attractive vessel average age, so that we can provide safe transportation in a lower carbon world. We believe that LPG will continue to serve as a cleaner form of energy than many alternatives – especially in the residential sector, where it is a growing source of fuel in developing economies. Alongside LPG, we are optimistic for growth opportunities in adjacent sectors such as ammonia and carbon dioxide (CO2) shipping.

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A Shipping Partner of Choice

At BW Epic Kosan, we are experienced in high-intensity short-sea or coastal trades, as well as in long-haul transportation.

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We are facilitating the global supply chain for cleaner energy — actively managing response to sustainability, decarbonisation and future fuels.

With a strong balance sheet of close to USD 1 billion and low leverage, we are a financially responsible business partner that is investing in our growth for the long term.

Our Fleet

We continue to optimise performance from our fleet both in economic and environmental terms, whilst working with partners on projects in areas such as ammonia and CO2 shipping. The fine-tuning of our fleet with asset transactions highlights our ability to evolve our fleet positively and deliver profitable growth.

Geographical and Commodity Diversity

Our business is globally diversified with vessels operating in Asia, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Central/Southern Americas. On average, each year, we perform about four loading operations every day across our fleet, loading over one million tonne, and engage in about 4,000 cargo operations in over 300 different ports. Our cargo mix is split about 51% /49% between LPG and petrochemicals such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene and VCM, and one vessel in the growing ammonia trade.

This diversity in geography and commodity provides options for our fleet and relative earnings stability. Ship-to-ship (or STS) operations are an important part of our business is an integral part of the global LPG supply chain. We continue to perform STS operations for delivery of LPG over the last mile into developing economies, with an average of about 200 STS operations annually.

Safety as our Priority

With a workforce of more than 1,800 people, our prime responsibility is to provide a safe operating environment. Zero Harm drives our safety culture and commitment to operating without accidents and achieving our environmental goals. We believe in zero harm to people, the environment, cargo and assets. To realise our vision, we commit to prioritising safety towards our employees, the environment, our assets and cargo.

Ship to Ship Transfer (STS)

During an STS operation, one vessel, typically the larger vessel, will keep its course, while the other vessel approaches slowly by course alternation. When they are close enough, and mooring lines tightened, STS operation begins.

STS operations allow for the delivery of cargo from larger vessels to ports which are unable to accomodate larger-sized vessels due to available infrastructure, storage capacity or swallow water depths.

Technical Expertise for Flawless Operations and R&D Projects

Our deep operational and technical experience enables us to support our customers with the safe, reliable and sustainability shipping of liquified petroleum gas (LPG), petrochemicals and other speciality gases.

We also work alongside industry partners to not only reduce emissions, but to also explore projects that support wider decarbonisation such as shipping related to carbon capture and storage.

  1. LCO2 shipping for Carbon Capture and Storage

    We can facilitate the shipment of CO2 as part of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) process. CCS is an established technology and capture hubs are being developed. CO2 storage sites are often far away from producers. With a need to move an estimated 90 million tons of CO2 annually to storage sites by 2040, linking CO2 producers with storage facilities will be increasingly important. While the majority of CO2 will be transported by pipelines, this may not be possible or suitable for all locations and distances. This is where shipping can play a complementary role. Read more about our offering here.

  2. Powered by Ammonia

    Ammonia has been identified as one of the leading potential zero emission fuels as it can be produced from renewable electricity and is already produced in large quantities in the Nordic countries. However, ammonia-powered vessels present several challenges from the technical, safety, fuel supply and commercial viability fronts – all of which must be overcome before the promise of ships running safely on green ammonia can become a reality. The Nordic Green Ammonia Powered Ships (NoGAPS) project aims to pave the way for ammonia-powered vessels first in the Nordic region, and globally. Read more about our participation in NoGAPS here.

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