EPS completes installation of Filtree sulphur filtration system


Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has announced the installation of Value Maritime’s (VM) Filtree system on its vessel, PACIFIC COBALT. 

The Filtree system filters sulphur and 99 per cent of particulate matter. 

It includes VM’s Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) module that can capture up to 40 per cent of CO2 emissions from the vessel’s main and auxiliary engines.

The CO2 is captured in a chemical that is stored in an onboard tank that has been recoated and converted for this purpose during the retrofit. 

The tank now provides sufficient storage space to capture more than 200 tonnes of CO2 in a single voyage. 

According to EPS, the chemical with the captured CO2 will be pumped out in port and delivered to end users, such as greenhouses or synthetic fuel producers who will be able to release the CO2 on demand. 

The chemical will then be returned to the vessel for reuse and to capture more CO2.

EPS has said that the CO2 can be placed into carbon sequestration networks. 

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EPS CEO, Cyril Ducau, stated: “Advanced decarbonisation technology, like the CCS system from Value Maritime, offers a concrete solution that can be implemented on existing vessels. 

“The result is an immediate carbon emission reduction while removing the need to wait for the development and rationalisation of alternative green fuel infrastructure,” Ducau added.

The installation of this filtering system commenced in January 2023 in Rotterdam. 

It took 17 days to complete and it was managed jointly by EPS’s and VM’s maritime staff.

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