Frequently Asked Questions

What is LPG?

LPG stands for Liquefied Petroleum Gas. LPG can be propane, butane (normal butane and/or iso-butane), or a mix of propane and butanes. This type of petroleum gas occurs naturally in crude oil and natural gas and it can also be found as a by-product of the various processes in an oil refinery; and at normal temperature and pressure, it is gaseous. When placed in a reduced temperature environment and under moderate pressure, this gas condenses into a liquid -

What is LPG used for?

LPG is used for residential, commercial and industrial purposes.

Residentially, LPG can be used for heating – water and space, refrigeration, cooking and electricity generation.
Commercially, LPG can be used as fuel to produce and manufacture ferrous and non-ferrous metals, engineering equipment and ships, ceramics and agriculture, among many others.

More recently, LPG is being used as a fuel alternative in special LPG cars. LPG is being used, more and more, in vehicles as the cleaner and cheaper fuel of choice!


Why use LPG?

LPG is safe to both use and store once held and transported in approved containers.

In comparison to petrol and diesel, LPG is better for the environment. It produces less carbon monoxide and greenhouse gases; and less sulphur and particulates than traditional fuels.

LPG has low limits of flammability in comparison to other fuels and oils once it is stored in well-maintained, industry approved containers.

Is LPG the only product that Carib LPG Trading trades?

Carib LPG Trading focuses on supplying the Caribbean and the Americas with LPG. The fleet of gas tankers Carib LPG Trading is using is certified to carry a range of chemical gases, such as propylene, butadiene, butene-1 and VCM among others, and Carib LPG Trading provides transportation services for these products for their customers.

Carib LPG Trading also engages in the transportation, trading and brokerage of other petroleum products as and when required.


Where does Carib LPG Trading operate?

Currently, Carib LPG Trading concentrates its operations on the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
However, we are part of the global network of the Petredec Group and have provided shipping services to North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.


What is the capacity of gas tankers?

Dedicated LPG tankers vary in size from 500 metric tons up to 45,000 metric tons.
Carib LPG Trading currently uses LPG tankers ranging in size from 1,800 to 6,000 metric tons (about 20,000 to 65,000 barrels)


Does Carib LPG Trading trade larger LPG cargoes?

Carib LPG Trading has the capability and resources to trade varying sized cargoes, up to the maximum of 45,000 metric tons per cargo.Carib LPG Trading has the capability and resources to trade varying sized cargoes, up to the maximum of 45,000 metric tons per cargo.


What is the difference between a fully refrigerated, semi-refrigerated ship and a pressurized ship?

A fully refrigerated ship has compressors and maintains the tank pressure at close to ambient pressure by cooling the LPG to below its boiling point (butane to just below 0 deg C and propane to about -42 deg C). Loading from and discharging into pressurized storage using fully refrigerated ships is very slow.

A semi-refrigerated ship is also called a semi-pressurized ship. These ships also have compressors and can load and discharge LPG cargoes at facilities which are both refrigerated and pressurized. The majority of Carib LPG Trading ships are semi-refrigerated.

A fully pressurized ship does not have any compressors and cannot discharge into refrigerated storage. Loading a fully pressurized vessel from refrigerated storage can be very slow.


What standard of vessel does Carib LPG Trading have?

All vessels that are used by Carib LPG Trading are operated to the highest standard of quality management control and in full compliance with all applicable international, regional and local laws, regulations and conventions.


Why should I choose LPG to fill up my car?

LPG filling stations are becoming more prominent in both developed and developing countries and once your vehicle is converted, filling your car with LPG is just as easy as petrol or diesel. However, by filling your car with LPG you can save up to 40% of fuel cost! LPG is also one of the cleanest vehicle fuels available. It produces less carbon dioxide than petrol and less particulates and nitrogen oxides than diesel.