The Netherlands – Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) and Rotterdam-based Value Maritime (VM) have signed a definitive agreement to install carbon capture and filtering systems on the MR tankers M/T Pacific Cobalt and M/T Pacific Gold.
The agreement also includes the option of equipping three additional ships. The first system is expected to be installed by 2022, with engineering and planning already underway.
The Filtree System, a prefabricated gas cleaning system that filters sulphur and 99 percent of particulate matter, will be installed on the 49,700 DWT sister vessels, which will be built in 2020. A Carbon Capture Module will charge a CO2 battery onboard the system. The CO2 battery will be charged and discharged in port, where it will be used by CO2 customers such as greenhouses or injected into carbon sequestration networks. The CO2 will be recharged by returning the discharged battery to the vessel. This “plug-and-play” approach allows ships to capture up to 40% of CO2 emissions today, with the potential to reach 90% in the future.
In addition to carbon capture, the Filtree System removes oil residue and particulate matter from wash water, ensuring that its PH value is neutralized and contributing to the reduction of seawater acidification.
The installation onboard the M/T Pacific Cobalt is expected to be finished by the end of 2022, while the installation onboard the M/T Pacific Gold is expected to be finished by the end of Q1 2023.