Dutch company Value Maritime is set to install an on-board CO₂ capture and storage unit on Visser Shipping’s Nordica vessel next month.
To be operated by X-Press Feeders, Nordica is said to be the first vessel to capture and store CO₂ on board while in operation.
The new solution is designed to remove CO₂ from the vessel’s exhaust gas.
It comprises a capture module, which captures CO₂ from the vessel’s exhaust gas and uses it to charge the Value Maritime’s CO₂ battery, as well as an on-board storage facility that can charge and discharge CO₂.
The charged batteries will be unloaded in ports and delivered to customers that include the agricultural sector, where the CO₂ is reused to grow crops.
Value Maritime stated that the CO₂ capture module will be integrated into the Filtree System, a small prefabricated, pre-installed, ‘plug and play’ gas cleaning system.
The on-board CO₂ capture and storage system can capture up to 100% of a vessel’s emissions, which helps to reduce its carbon footprint.
Value Maritime co-founder Christiaan Nijst said: “Installing the module will not only be beneficial for our clients but ensures that the maritime industry can achieve its goals for 2050 in the short term.”
The company claimed that it is the world’s first company to deploy a CO₂ capture and storage facility on a vessel in operation.
Visser Shipping owner Douwe Visser said: “We are satisfied with the Filtree Systems already installed on our vessels. With the additional CO₂ capture solution, we can further improve our vessel’s sustainable footprint from day one, while preparing us for future environmental regulations.”
It will commence loading and offloading the CO₂ batteries at the Rotterdam Short Sea Terminal and expects to expand to additional locations, including Bremerhaven and Hamburg in Germany, shortly.