Lloyd’s Register (LR) has been selected by the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) to conduct a concept study about offloading liquefied CO2 (LCO2) that is captured from onboard installations.
Affter the announcement Nick Brown, CEO of Lloyd’s Register, said: “Conducting this concept study for the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation will deliver greater industry understanding around the safety and operational issues that need addressing for offloading captured LCO2 from vessels. It will also offer a timely assessment of the capital expenditure and operating expenditure of the infrastructure needed to offload liquid carbon dioxide from ships thus enabling the industry to make informed decisions for creating this infrastructure.”
Shipboard carbon capture is seen as a potential bridging solution for reducing shipping emissions with LCO2 expected to become a widespread form for storing and offloading carbon dioxide across the entire value chain.
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As it stands, no formal guidelines for the offloading of capture CO2 exist. It’s hoped the study will provide a foundation for sea trials under the impressively named Project REMARCCABLE (Realising Maritime Carbon Capture to demonstrate the Ability to Lower Emissions), which will eventually lead to a formalized set of standards.
Professor Lynn Loo, CEO of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, said: “We are pleased to be working with Lloyd’s Register on this LCO2 offloading concept study. The learnings from this study will inform how captured CO2 can be offloaded from various vessel types in general, and enable the sea trials on Stena Impero that are being planned as part of Project REMARCCABLE more specifically.”
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The focus of the study will be the safety of the entire process and will span all types of vessels that could potentially be involved – tankers, bulkers and container liners.
It’s set to start in the next weeks and is expected to complete in nine months with a total of 24 participating companies, along with the ports of Singapore and Rotterdam.
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