Global logistics solution provider, Samskip, has introduced a Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) system, a new project designed to reduce CO2 emissions for its vessels.
The system in real-time captures 30 per cent of the CO2 emissions generated by combustion engines and stores it in portable batteries, according Samskip.
These batteries can then be delivered to businesses that utilise CO2 such as agricultural clients and greenhouses who currently use gas powered machinery to create CO2 needed to stimulate growth of their products.
The captured CO2 can then immediately be used bypassing the need for the gas-powered machinery in turn reducing the use of natural gas.
The recent installation of Samskip’s first CO2 exhaust gas cleaning system on one of its shortsea vessels was performed while docked at shipyard Royal Niestern Sander.
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Niestern Sander Repair’s Director, Bart Volgers, said: “Niestern Sander Repair has always been there providing essential support for such initiatives and for proactive innovators such as Samskip and the installation of their Carbon Capture and Utilization system.”
“Such systems effectively reduce harmful emissions while considerably extending the lifespan of such a ship in this era where strict requirements for sustainability are becoming increasingly necessary,” Volgers added.
This announcement comes not a week after Samskip contracted two hydrogen fuel powered vessels, each expected to achieve around 25,000 tonnes of CO2 reduction per year, to provide service on its west European routes.
In September 2022, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) worked on a similar initiative with PANASIA to develop an onboard carbon capture system for vessel application.