Singapore-based shipping company Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has contracted Dutch maritime technology company Value Maritime (VM) to install carbon capture and filtering systems on two medium range (MR) tankers.

The ships, M/T Pacific Cobalt and M/T Pacific Gold, will become the largest ocean-going vessels fitted with carbon capture technology to date, according to Eastern Pacific.

The shipping firm has an option to equip three more vessels with Value Maritime’s technology.

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 VM’s Filtree system – a prefabricated gas cleaning system that filters sulphur and 99% 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% of CO2 emissions today, with the potential of exceeding 90% in the future.

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“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. Coupled with alternative fuels, biofuels and other solutions, carbon capture is a crucial step in accelerating the shipping industry’s decarbonisation efforts ahead of IMO targets,” Cyril Ducau, CEO of Eastern Pacific, commented.

“After extensive research, we agreed that Value Maritime is the right partner to implement this solution and complement our own decarbonisation efforts… By equipping our tankers with VM’s systems, we hope to prove to the industry that carbon capture is a viable and scalable option available right now.”

“Bringing our filtering and carbon capture technology to the tanker market has been a goal of ours from the very beginning. Realising 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 pipe-dream,” Maarten Lodewijks, Co-Founder & Director – Value Maritime, said.

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 neutralised and contributes to reducing the acidification of seawater.

Installation onboard M/T Pacific Cobalt is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, while the installation onboard M/T Pacific Gold is scheduled to be completed by the end of Q1 2023.

In addition to the retrofits, EPS and VM are exploring future collaboration opportunities, such as deploying the Filtree system onboard EPS newbuilds, including a new generation of containerships.

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