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Monday, September 13, 2021 

Dutch company Value Maritime reports that its onboard CO2 capture and storage system is to be installed on a 1040 TEU container vessel, 'Nordica', in October 2021.

The company describes its system as a 'CO₂ battery', in which a capture module captures CO₂ from the vessel’s exhaust and uses the CO₂ to charge a CO₂ storage facility where CO₂ can be charged and discharged. The capture module is integrated in Value Maritime’s Filtree System; a small prefabricated, pre-installed, 'plug and play' exhaust gas cleaning system. Value Maritime says its system onboard Visser Shipping's Nordica will be the first to capture and store CO₂ onboard vessel whilst in operation. The vessel will be operated by X-Press Feeders.

Value Maritime says that the charged CO₂ Battery will be offloaded in ports and transported to CO₂ customers (e.g. agricultural sector) who re-use the CO₂. After CO₂ discharge, the CO₂ Battery is returned to the vessel, to be recharged with CO₂.

Bureau Veritas is involved in the relevant approval of the system. Value Maritime will start loading and offloading the CO₂ Batteries at the Rotterdam Short Sea Terminal to discharge the batteries at greenhouses in Rotterdam Area, where CO2 is used to grow crops. Value Maritime expects to expand to additional locations shortly, amongst others Bremerhaven and Hamburg and can subsequently set up CO₂ infrastructure in any port that clients desire. 

“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,” said Christiaan Nijst, co-founder of Value Maritime.

Value Maritime has so far equipped 12 vessels with its Filtree scrubber, with five more on order, including a repeat contract from Visser Shipping. 

Douwe Visser, owner, Visser Shipping, 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.”

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