Stena Bulk to equip tanker with onboard carbon capture system

Tanker shipping company Stena Bulk is launching a two-year, three-phase project to demonstrate carbon capture on board ships.

The project, known as Realizing Maritime Carbon Capture to Demonstrate Capacity to Reduce Emissions, or Project REMARCCABLE for short, is launched with the Global Center for Maritime Decarbonization (GCMD) and the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), as well as project partners Alfa Laval, the American Bureau of Shipping, Deltamarin and TNO.

The seven-member consortium will aim to assess operational challenges on a vessel at sea and identify potential cost reduction measures for future commercial applications.

The project will see the installation of a carbon capture system on one of Stena Bulk’s IMOIIMAXX medium range (MR) tankers. The project aims for an absolute capture rate of at least 30% for carbon dioxide (CO2) during normal vessel operations and deep-sea voyages.

By working with organizations to offload and sequester or reuse CO2, the project is the first initiative in the world demonstrating the large-scale capture of carbon on board ships throughout the value chain.

The project will also use non-proprietary equipment and processes, so that results can be shared widely and publicly to maximize its effectiveness. It also aims to establish a pathway to reduce the cost of onboard CO2 capture to €150 per tonne of CO2 or less, to enable the technology to be deployed commercially in the near future.

“We are constantly working to push the boundaries of sustainability and technology to advance our industry,” said Erik Hånell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk. “By participating in this initiative and working with our consortium partners, we hope to get closer to realizing carbon capture for the global fleet. We look forward to seeing and sharing the results of this project as they unfold over the next two years.

Carbon capture on board ships looks likely to play an important role in helping to decarbonise shipping alongside alternative green fuels. Earlier this week, Dutch transport and logistics company Samskip said it had chosen to use a carbon capture solution from Value Maritime on two of its container ships; Samskip Innovator and Samskip Endeavor.