At a Glance

Our History

More than 80 years in maritime energy

In 1955, Sir Yue-Kong (Y.K) Pao bought his first vessel, a 27-year-old coal-burning freighter renamed the Golden Alpha, and founded World-Wide Shipping. In 2003, World-Wide Shipping acquired Bergesen, Norway’s largest shipping company founded in 1935, and in 2005, the business was re-branded as BW. The LPG segment of the BW business was listed in 2013. Today, BW LPG owns and operates the world’s largest fleet of LPG vessels and continues to deliver growth and value to society and stakeholders.

  1. 1955

    Founded by
    Sir Y.K. Pao

  2. 1969

    Launched of
    the first VLCC
    World Chief

  3. 1970s

    Entry into
    LNG market

  4. 1979

    Became the largest
    independent ship
    owner with 200 vessels

  5. 1999

    Acquired N&T
    Argonaut

  6. 2003

    Acquired and
    de-listed Bergsen

  1. 1935

    Founded by Sigval
    Bergesen

  2. 1967

    Entry into the dry
    bulk market

  3. 1978

    Entry into LPG
    market

  4. 1986

    Listed on the
    Oslo
    Stock Exhange

  1. 2006

    Listing of BW Offshore

    BW Gas listed
    as a pure gas
    carrier company

    Acquired Yara's gas fleet

  2. 2008

    Leading owner in the LPG,
    LNG, VLGC, Product Tanker and Offshore
    segments

  3. 2012

    Sold APL and acquired Prosafe Production

  4. 2014

    Took delivery of one newbuilding from HHI

  5. 2016

    Acquired Aurora
    LPG

    Took delivery of four newbuildings from HHI & DSME

  6. 2018

    Announces world’s first retrofitting of LPG-propelled dual-fuel engines

  1. 2005

    A common identity with Bergesen Worldwide Gas ASA

  2. 2007

    Acquired APL

  3. 2009

    BW Gas privatised

  4. 2013

    Listing of BW LPG

    Acquired Maersk Tankers’ VLGC fleet

  5. 2015

    Took delivery of five newbuildings from HHI

  6. 2017

    Entry into India LPG market

    Took delivery of one newbuilding from DSME

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