Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) will partner with Dutch company Value Maritime (VM) to fit MR tankers M/T Pacific Cobalt and M/T Pacific Gold with carbon capture and filter systems, making them the current largest ocean-going vessels fitted with carbon capture technology.

Revealed today, May 17th, the system will be fitted with a VM’s Filtree System, a prefabricated gas cleaning system that filters sulphur and 99% of particular matter. 

Incorporating a ‘plug and play’ approach that allows vessels to capture up to 40% of today’s CO2 emissions, a Carbon Capture Module will also be fitted within the system. 

After it charges the carbon dioxide (CO2) battery, the battery discharges in port before being used by CO2 customers, such as greenhouses, or injected into carbon sequestration networks 

The discharged battery is then returned to the vessel for recharging. 

Stating that the partnership is a ‘major step forward’ for the industry’s energy transition, Cyril Ducau, CEO, EPS, said, “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.” 

VM’s Filtree System also helps to reduce the acidification of seawater by removing oil residue and particulate matter from the wash water, neutralising the water’s pH value. 

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