A joint project, dubbed CC-Ocean (Carbon capture on the ocean), between major shipping players has seen the development and installation of the world’s first carbon dioxide (CO2) capture plant onboard a vessel.

The plant was installed on the coal carrier ‘Corona Utility’, operated by Kawasaki Kisen Kaishi (K Line) for Tohoku Electric Power at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Yokohama.

CC-Ocean, a collaboration between K Line, MHI, and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK) also involved Class NK undertaking a Hazard Identification Study in order to ensure safety of the plant.

The next stage of the project will see the vessel departing from MHI Yokohama, with onboard experts from Mitsubishi Shipbuilding commissioning the plant and evaluating its performance at sea, as well as analysing the captured CO2.

Until the end of financial year 2021, the ship’s crew will then conduct various procedures onboard the vessel, including evaluation of the operation, safety and operability of the plant, in addition to running demonstration tests such as downsizing in size and weight and testing the efficiency of the plant’s CO2 capture system.

K-Line will continue to develop CC-Ocean as well as other projects while adhering to the company’s Environmental Vision 2050, part of its aim to achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets and realise a carbon-neutral society.