Marc Robert, Director of the LPG Business Unit
“The efforts of our staff on board and on shore have turned the LPG Business Unit into a truly competitive player in a very tough market. We have changed the way we technically manage our clients’ LPG fleets and shifted our focus to being adaptable to the constantly changing business environment. That focus has been on improving the way we work, with a sharp eye on maximizing our efficiency, as for port call optimization, condition-based maintenance or innovative dry dock programmes, among others. In addition, our focus has also broadened on health and safety with our ‘Taking the Safety LEAD’ initiative.”
“This has translated into a performance which has not only met, but also exceeded the vessel owners’ expectations. Upon this solid basis we are building and growing our LPG ship management business.”
With over three decades of experience, the LPG Business Unit of EXMAR Ship Management specialises in the operation and management of all types of LPG–NH3 vessels. Today, it manages VLGCs, midsize LPGs and fully pressurized vessels, all operating in a very demanding business, with typical cargoes of butane/propane or ammonia. The LPG Business Unit has met and surpassed client expectations in terms of performance and adherence to budgets and continues to grow its presence worldwide.
Many of the LPG staff working on shore are former Captains, Chief Engineers and Officers who have served on board the EXMAR LPG fleet.
The LPG Business Unit has also been involved in the planning and building of new LPG–NH3 tankers from the outset. It has experience in operating vessels as storage tankers and has gained expertise in ship-to-ship (STS) operations between VLGCs and other LPG–NH3 vessels from a very intensive shuttle tanker loading/discharging schedule.
As EXMAR Ship Management is diversifying its fleet under management, the LPG Business Units now also takes care of bulk liquid carriers transporting highly sensitive cargoes of fresh and concentrated fruit juice around the world.
The LPG Business Unit has grown significantly in the last five years to match the ambitions of EXMAR in midsize and pressurized segments. Since May 2014, it has been supervising the delivery and commissioning of a new fleet of EXMAR midsize LPG vessels.
Four of these 38,000m³ LPG Carriers were delivered between May 2014 and January 2015 from the Hyundai Mipo yard in Ulsan, Korea. The last vessel of a second series of eight was completed in early 2018 at Hanjin shipyard in Subic Bay. They were the first of this kind built in the Philippines. One more new-build of the same class is due for commissioning and delivery later in 2018.
The LPG Business Unit also crews and maintains seven VLGCs on behalf of Avance Gas. Of these ships, six new-builds were delivered over a seven month period in 2015 from a Chinese shipyard, the first LPG carriers to be constructed there. All received class certification and were successfully made operational under the supervision and guidance of our superintendents and with the efforts of our crew.
The LPG Business Unit is in a position to provide you with: