WATCH: Value Maritime and Eastern Pacific Shipping wrap up 1st CO2 liquid bunkering
Singapore-based ship management company Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) and the Dutch maritime technology company Value Maritime have completed their first-ever CO2 liquid bunkering.
According to Value Maritime’s social media post, the operation, which is also the first in the world, took place in Rotterdam with Mon-Desir bunker barge, making EPS’ managed vessel M/T Pacific Cobalt ready to capture carbon.
The bunkering follows the recent installation of Value Maritime’s Filtree system onboard the M/T Pacific Cobalt.
ABS-approved Filtree system, which filters sulphur and 99% of particulate matter, includes VM’s Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) module that can capture up to 40% of CO2 emissions from the vessel’s main and auxiliary engines.
The CO2 is captured in a special chemical that is stored in an onboard tank that provides sufficient storage space to capture more than 200 tonnes of CO2 in a single voyage.
Once the tank is full, the chemical will be pumped out in port and delivered to end users, such as greenhouses or synthetic fuel producers, who will be able to release the CO2 on demand. The CO2 can also be placed into carbon sequestration networks. The chemical will then be returned to the vessel for reuse and to capture more CO2.
Value Maritime said that the first CO2 de-bunkering will be carried out in the following weeks.
The Filtree System has been installed on over 20 vessels from the existing fleet, according to the company.
In addition to EPS, JR Shipping’s 750 TEU container feeders MV Endeavor and MV Energy have already been equipped with Value Maritime’s filter and carbon capture system. Building on the success of those installations, the company committed to additional retrofits back in June 2022, bringing the total to ten ships.
The system is also set to be installed on the newbuild container vessels of Nordic that are operated by BG Freight Line and which will additionally feature the modular CO2 capture and storage system.