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Tuesday, November 9, 2021 

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) have agreed to jointly develop a large-scale liquefied CO2 (LCO2) carrier.

To facilitate the development of technologies for transporting CO2 using large vessels, this project will combine Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s gas handling technologies accumulated through the construction of liquified gas carriers (LPG and LNG carriers), with NYK Line’s knowledge in operations of not only small and medium-sized vessels, but also large vessels that are expected to increase in demand globally. The two companies will participate in the carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) value chain based on the development of LCO2 carriers.

CCUS is attracting attention worldwide as an effective means to achieve a carbon neutral world. LCO2 carriers will play a vital role in that value chain by transporting liquified CO2 to storage sites and facilities for utilization, and demand for these vessels is expected to increase in the future.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding is actively pursuing commercialisation of LCO2 carriers as part of MHI Group’s strategic initiative for the energy transition, bringing together technologies and knowledge gained from construction of liquified gas carriers in an effort, as a marine systems integrator, to support decarbonisation at sea. This joint project is expected to make a significant contribution to the establishment of a CO2 ecosystem in the CO2 transport sector, which will be an essential component of the CCUS value chain.

NYK Line expects the establishment of technology to transport CO2 using large-scale LCO2 carriers to make a significant contribution to the realisation of a carbon neutral world. Through this joint project with MHI Group, which possesses a wide range of technologies to overcome the high technological hurdles in the CCUS value chain, NYK Line will be integrating its accumulated knowledge in ship operations to support early realisation of not only small and medium sized vessels, but also large-scale LCO2 carriers. Building on this project, NYK Line will participate in the CCUS value chain.

Going forward, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and NYK Line will continue their efforts through this joint development project to develop the technologies for LCO2 carriers necessary to establish a CCUS value chain, utilising the complementary strengths and knowledge of the companies to contribute to a carbon neutral world.

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