Mitsubishi & Sanyu Kisen Collaborate on Green Demonstration Test Vessel


  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group unit Mitsubishi Shipbuilding has signed a contract with Sanyu Kisen, based in Kobe, Japan, to build a demonstration test vessel.
  • The newbuild vessel will be deployed to carry liquefied carbon dioxide (LCO₂).
  • The new ship will be constructed at the Enoura Plant of MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard and Machinery Works.
  • Delivery of the vessel is projected to take place in the second half of 2023.

The shipping arm of Yokohama-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, will go ahead with construction of a demonstration ship designed to transport liquid carbon dioxide (LCO2), reports GasWorld.

World’s first LCO2 carrier for carbon capture

Expected to be the world’s first LCO2 carrier intended specifically for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), the vessel will be chartered by the Engineering Advancement Association of Japan (ENAA) to be used for the intended project purposes.

R&D of the relevant LCO2 technology will be accelerated through an ENAA initiative – along with three project partners, whereas the ship’s full design, including its cargo containment system, will be handled by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding.

Meeting carbon reduction goals

Demand for safe and efficient transport of captured CO2 is set to accelerate as more companies focus on making carbon capture a key part of helping to meet carbon reduction goals.

The need for LCO2 transport is heightened due to the remote locations selected for carbon storage, which are usually far removed from the emission site(s).

Set for project completion and delivery for the second half of the fiscal year 2023, the ship will be developed in conjunction with initiatives of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO).

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Source: GasWorld