X-Press Feeders, the world’s largest independent common container carrier based in Singapore, has contracted Dutch technology firm Value Maritime to supply a carbon capture and clean-loop system for two X-Press vessels.
Value Maritime has been awarded the contract for the MV Atlantis A and the X-Press Elbe by Eastaway, a member of the X-Press Feeders Group. Both ships will be equipped with Value Maritime’s carbon capture and clean loop system and the retrofitting is expected to take place in late summer this year.
The project is said to be in line with actions X-Press Feeders is taking to play its part in reducing carbon emissions and lowering the fleet’s environmental footprint in line with IMO targets.
Once the vessels are retrofitted, they will sail with a 20% emissions reduction and trade in North-West Europe.
Carbon capture & storage
The two vessels will be outfitted with Value Maritime’s carbon capture module and CO2 battery to capture and store CO2 on board.
The system will capture carbon from the vessel’s exhaust and in turn charge the vessel’s CO2 battery. This battery acts as an onboard storage facility, enabling the charging and discharging of CO2 indefinitely. The CO2 batteries will be offloaded and discharged at greenhouses in Europe where the CO2 will be re-used to grow crops or flowers.
With the clean loop system, the water used to clean the ship’s exhaust gases is filtered through Value Maritime’s smart filtration system and the ph is neutralised before discharge.
This is not the first time an X-Press Feeders vessel has been equipped with Value Maritime’s emission-reducing carbon capture system. In 2021, Value Maritime’s first CO₂ capture module and CO₂ battery were installed on Visser Shipping’s Nordica vessel, which is operated by X-Press Feeders.
The Nordica was the first vessel to capture and store CO₂ onboard a vessel whilst in operation and has proven that this technology works.
“On leaving the yard, X-Press Feeders will immediately begin to reduce the carbon footprint of these vessels. It’s instant results in an easy, energy-efficient and cost-effective way with virtually no downtime,” Maarten Lodewijks, Co-Founder & Director – Value Maritime, commented.