Conoship International and Bouman Industries have entered into a joint venture to build ship-based carbon capture systems. Named Carbotreat Maritime, the new company will develop a maritime version of Bouman’s land-based carbon capture systems.

The combined expertise of the joint venture enables shipowners and operators to reduce CO2 emissions on their newbuild and existing vessels. The agreement was signed at the Symposium of the Green Maritime Coalition at the end of November.

Bouman‘s subsidiary Carbotreat builds field proven land-based carbon capture systems. ‘With the joint venture, Carbotreat Maritime, we develop these systems suitable for use on ships to reduce CO2 emissions in maritime application,’ says Geert Dokter, CEO at Conoship International.

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The joint venture is the spin-off of the four year collaboration with TNO and Bouman. Conoship has been researching and developing the maritime application of this technology, particularly for LNG-powered (liquefied natural gas) vessels.

In the international carbon capture research project EverLoNG, two carbon capture systems are under development in case studies for Heerema’s Sleipnir and an LNG carrier of Total Energies.

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Closed carbon loop

By adding a ship-based carbon capture system to capture the CO2 in the exhaust gasses, the shipboard CO2 emissions can be reduced up to 95 per cent. The captured CO2 can be cooled and stored on board. Onshore, it can be reused to produce synthetic methane. A promising step towards a closed carbon loop.

Integrating the CO2-capturing installation during the initial ship design at Conoship creates an optimal solution. However, carbon capture system installations are also suited as modernisation of the existing fleet.

Wilco van Wijck, CEO at Bouman Industries: ‘With our realised land-based CO2 capture plants, combined with Conoship’s expertise, we can deliver large-scale carbon capture and storage plants on board ships. Research has shown that our carbon capturing systems enable to reach the IMO goals 2030 and 2050, even for existing ships. With Carbotreat Maritime, we can reduce the carbon footprint of shipping by more than 75 per cent in the short term and are aiming for 100 per cent in the future.’

Picture: Under the watchful eye of the board of the Groninger Maritime Board, Wilco van Wijck, CEO at Bouman Industries, and Geert Dokter, CEO at Conoship International, signed an agreement for the joint venture Carbotreat Maritime.

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