The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has approved a new onboard carbon capture project led by a consortium consisting of seven members.
Its members include ABS itself, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), Alfa Laval, the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonization (GCMD), Detlamarin, and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).
Shipboard or onboard carbon capture solutions are one of the latest means of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that is considered by the shipping industry worldwide.
This new project brought forward by the 7-member consortium aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using such technology onboard a tanker.
And thanks to the approval in principle granted by ABS, the carbon capture project can move to its next stage of development.
The project is called Project REMARCCABLE (short for Realising Maritime Carbon Capture to demonstrate the Ability to Lower Emissions) and is one of the largest of its kind.
It intends to demonstrate carbon capture on board a Stena Bulk Medium-Range (MR) IMOIIMAXX tanker and achieve at least 30% reduction of CO2 emissions during regular operations and long voyages.
The initial phase included developing the conceptual and front-engineering design study of the system, whereas the second phase involves engineering and construction of a prototype that is commissioned onshore.
Now with the approval from ABS, the consortium can decide whether to move on to the third and final phase of the project, which involves having the Stena Bulk tanker equipped with the novel carbon capture system for sea trials.