ClassNK okays ‘world’s first’ onboard CCS installation on Neopanamax

Japanese classification society ClassNK has certified “the world’s first” onboard carbon capture and storage (CCS) system installation on a Neopanamax ship.

Courtesy of ClassNK

The SCCS-Full class notation was granted to Ever Top, a 13,806 TEU container vessel owned by Taiwan’s shipping company Evergreen Marine Corp.

The CCS systems, designed and developed by Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute, were installed at Huarun Dadong Dockyard (HRDD).

ClassNK reviewed the system components and the installation plan, aligning with its “Guidelines for Shipboard CO2 Capture and Storage Systems.”

The risk assessment through Hazard Identification (HAZID) and the onsite installation process were also examined.

Following confirmation of compliance with the relevant requirements, the SCCS-Full notation was duly affixed to the vessel.

“As the crucial action of first movers, ClassNK deeply respects the ambitious and practical application of CCS systems taken by EVERGREEN and involved parties to advance GHG abatement technology implementation. It is our great honor to be a part of this outstanding collaboration, and we are committed to supporting proactive initiatives toward decarbonization by providing appropriate standards, surveys, and certifications,” Masaki Matsunaga, Corporate Officer / Director of Plan Approval and Technical Solution Division, ClassNK said.

In related news, in September last year, ClassNK issued an Approval in Principle (AiP) for an onboard CO2 capture and storage system developed by China Shipbuilding Power Engineering Institute Co. (CSPI), a member of CSSC Power (Group) Co. (CPGC).

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Back in 2021, the world’s first onboard CCS unit was installed on Visser Shipping’s Nordica vessel whilst in operation. The system was provided by Dutch maritime technology company Value Maritime.