Eastern Pacific Installing First Carbon Capture Tech On Tanker Duo
Eastern Pacific Shipping has signed a definitive agreement with Rotterdam-based Value Maritime to install carbon capture and filtering systems on MR tankers Pacific Cobalt and Pacific Gold, with an option to equip three more vessels.
The installation of the first system is scheduled to be completed within 2022 with engineering and planning underway.
The 2020-built, 49,700 DWT sister vessels, will be fitted with Value Maritime’s Filtree System – a prefabricated gas cleaning system that filters sulfur and 99 percent of particulate matter.
The system will include a Carbon Capture Module charging a CO2 battery onboard. The charged CO2 battery will be discharged in port and subsequently used by CO2 customers, such as greenhouses, or injected into carbon sequestration networks.
The discharged battery will be returned to the vessel for CO2 recharging. This ‘plug and play’ approach allows vessels to capture up to 40 percent of CO2 emissions today, with the potential of exceeding 90% in the future.
“Partnering with Value Maritime is a major step forward for EPS and the industry’s energy transition. Carbon capture technology was missing in our existing portfolio of emission lowering solutions, which today consists primarily of alternative marine fuels. We believe that carbon capture technology holds significant promise for reducing emissions for existing and future ocean-going vessels,” Eastern Pacific CEO Cyril Ducau stated.
“Coupled with alternative fuels, biofuels, and other solutions, carbon capture is a crucial step in accelerating the shipping industry’s decarbonization efforts ahead of IMO targets. After extensive research, we agreed that Value Maritime is the right partner to implement this solution and complement our decarbonization efforts.
“Their passion for innovation, existing infrastructure, and commitment to lowering emissions today is what we look for in a partner. By equipping our tankers with Value Maritime’s systems, we hope to prove to the industry that carbon capture is a viable and scalable option available right now,” Ducau added.
“Bringing our filtering and carbon capture technology to the tanker market has been a goal of ours from the very beginning. Realizing this vision with forward-thinking partners like Eastern Pacific Shipping is a dream come true. Together, we are making sustainable shipping and emission reduction for this segment no longer a pipedream. It’s happening today, and we couldn’t be prouder that it’s happening with Eastern Pacific.” Maarten Lodewijks, Co-Founder and Director of Value Maritime
In addition to its carbon capture capabilities, the Filtree System also removes oil residue and particulate matter from the wash water, ensuring its PH value is neutralized and contributes to reducing the acidification of seawater.
Installation onboard Pacific Cobalt is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, while the installation onboard Pacific Gold is scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2023.
In addition to the retrofits, Eastern Pacific and Value Maritime are exploring future collaboration opportunities, such as deploying the Filtree System onboard Eastern’s newbuilds, including a new generation of containerships.
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