Wartsila Gas Solutions, part of Finnish technology group Wartsila, has received approval in principle (AiP) from the classification society DNV for its cargo tank design for liquid CO₂ carrier (LCO₂) applications.

The vessels have a combined cargo capacity of about 7500cbm, including two containment tanks of 3750cbm each.

Wartsila said that it came up with the design for the vessels’ containment system and cargo handling systems following a comprehensive engineering analysis.

Wartsila Gas Solutions sales general manager Pål Steinnes said: “Liquid CO₂ is increasingly relevant in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote a greener future. It represents an important link in the value chain for the entire carbon capture infrastructure.

“In developing a robust and proven concept, both in the cargo containment and cargo handling requirements for LCO₂ Carriers, we have drawn on our unparalleled experience in gas carrier segments. The AiP from DNV is a valuable endorsement of this work.”

DNV gas carrier excellence centre department head Monika Johannesen said: “We have been pleased to work with Wartsila Gas Solutions on this reliable design concept. The review process has been extensive, and we trust that their solution will contribute to facilitating the trade in liquid CO₂ as a factor in reducing emission.”

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The collection and storage of CO₂ is said to be critical to reducing global CO₂ emissions.

Last week, Wartsila Voyage secured an order to supply radio and integrated navigation systems for ten icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, which are to be built for the Arctic LNG-2 project.