Design approval for large ABS dedicated CO2 carriers


Design plans have been approved for two concepts for large CO2 carriers (Dan-Unity file photo)

Posted on November 24, 2021 at 7:52 PM by

The maritime executive

Efforts continue to develop a new, dedicated shipping operation that will play a key role in the carbon capture storage and reuse projects currently proposed to help large industrial companies meet targets for reducing harmful CO2 emissions. A Danish start-up, Dan-Unity CO2, reports that it has received design approvals from the American Bureau of Shipping for what could become the first dedicated CO2 transporter.

Launched this spring as part of a partnership between Scandinavian shipping companies Evergas and Navigator Gas, Dan-Unity CO2 seeks to leverage the combined gas transportation experience of the two companies while focusing on the emerging market to transport large amounts of CO2. The company has partnered with Carbfix, which developed the Icelandic Coda terminal near Reykjavik, which is slated to open in 2025 for the transport and storage of CO2. The CO2 will be safely stored in Icelandic volcanic rock and converted to stone within two years with a capacity of 2,500 giga tonnes of CO2, or over 55 years of global emissions. In addition, Dan-Unity CO2 is a partner of Project Greensand, a project aimed at validating the technical and commercial feasibility of CO2 storage in the Danish part of the North Sea.

“We are seeing a growing interest in CCS and CCU and we are committed to identifying solutions that combine capture, transport and storage,” said Steffen Jacobsen, CEO of Dan-Unity CO2. “As an industry leader, Dan-Unity CO2 is deeply involved in shipping requirements for large North European projects. “

In collaboration with German gas engineering design company TGE Marine, plans were drawn up for the world’s first ships capable of carrying CO2 on a large scale. TGE Marine’s new 12,500m3 and 22,000m3 vessel designs have received AiP from ABS ensuring they can safely transport CO2 and providing the necessary approvals to proceed with construction. The Danish Maritime Fund supported the project with a grant of over $ 400,000 to develop the ship design.

The ships will be built for this purpose and will therefore not be compatible with other trades. Before placing construction orders, Dan-Unity CO2 seeks longer term contractual commitments once the feasibility of CO2 projects is completed.

Jacobsen reports that the larger 22,000m3 vessel would have the capacity to carry around 500,000 tonnes of CO2 per year when it operates between the northwestern region of Europe and Iceland.

With the design approvals from ABS, Dan-Unity CO2 reports that it can build the required number of ships using any of the new ship size designs with a lead time of 27-28 months.


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