The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has been working with stakeholders in the shipping industry and has developed guidelines for shipboard carbon capture.
Using the organization’s vast knowledge of the industry and combining it with data and conclusions from test projects that explored carbon capture on ships, we now have the “ABS Requirements for Onboard Carbon Capture“.
“The requirements we have developed are a key step toward harnessing the potential of carbon capture to tackle the challenge of the energy transition for our industry,” said Georgios Plevrakis, VP of Global Sustainability at ABS.
Multiple companies have already expressed interest in the technology, but a lack of a standardized approach to requirements and port infrastructure have been slowing down its deployment.
In January, 2022 ABS voiced its support for carbon capture and issued the “American Bureau of Shipping Whitepaper: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage”.
Purely technical constraints like low efficiency and high energy consumption are also among the challenges that haven’t been fully resolved, but the commitment seen from a wide range of stakeholders in the shipping industry to push on with the initiative is evident.
An example of this is a project by Value Maritime, which was selected by Ardmore Shipping in Bermyda to install carbon capture technology on six of its tankers.