Capital Gas Teams Up With ERMA FIRST And Babcock To develop CCS System


  • Capital Gas, a leading ship management company, teams up with ERMA FIRST and Babcock.
  • They’re to develop a groundbreaking Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) system for the world’s largest liquefied carbon dioxide (LCO2) carriers.

Key Points:

  • Project Participants: Capital Gas, ERMA FIRST (CCS system provider), and Babcock LGE (CO2 liquefaction system provider).
  • Target Vessels: Four new 22,000 cbm LCO2 carriers under construction by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for Capital Gas (scheduled delivery in 2026).
  • CCS Technology: ERMA FIRST’s CARBON FIT system, with AiP from Lloyd’s Register and DNV. This system utilizes amine absorption technology to capture CO2 from the vessels’ emissions. Captured CO2 is then liquefied using Babcock’s ecoCO2® system for onboard storage.
  • Environmental Benefits:
    • Standard CCS systems typically reduce vessel CO2 emissions by 15-30%.
    • This project aims for a capture rate exceeding 70%, significantly reducing Capital Gas’ environmental footprint and contributing to decarbonization goals.

Statements from Key Players:

  • Miltos Zisis (Capital Gas): Emphasizes commitment to environmental responsibility and highlights this project as a significant step towards cleaner, more sustainable LCO2 carrier operations.
  • Neale Campbell (Babcock LGE): Views this collaboration as a major advancement in achieving the shipping industry’s emission reduction targets.
  • Konstantinos Stampedakis (ERMA FIRST): Considers this project a breakthrough for CCS technology and the shipping industry’s journey towards low-carbon operations. He highlights the potential for exceeding 70% capture rate, making these vessels nearly carbon neutral.

ERMA FIRST: A Leader in Sustainable Maritime Solutions

The press release also details ERMA FIRST’s expertise in providing future-proof sustainable maritime solutions, including ballast water treatment, alternative maritime power, and energy-saving devices. They offer a comprehensive range of services and have received recognition for their achievements in environmental technology.

Overall Significance

This collaboration marks a significant development in the maritime industry’s quest for cleaner operations. The CARBON FIT system, coupled with Babcock’s ecoCO2® technology, has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions from LCO2 carriers dramatically. This project paves the way for a more sustainable future in the transportation of liquefied CO2.

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