With new regulatory standards regulation of vessels looming next year, shipowners and operators are looking for options that won’t lead to a reduction in service speed says The Loadstar.
- X Press is looking forward to a carbon Capture Technology.
- The predicted efficiency for this model as claimed by experts would be high.
- They are aiming to move one step ahead towards a sustainable future through this development.
The International Maritime Organization’s Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index and Carbon Intensity Indicator will require verification that its first annual or intermediate survey after 1 January 2023, a vessel meets these standards. Last week, X-Press Feeders, opted for two more of its fleet to be retrofitted with carbon capture and clean-loop systems that claim to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20%. Netherlands-based Value Maritime has been awarded the contract by X-Press group member Eastaway to retrofit the 2007-built 862 teu Atlantis A and the 2010-built 1,036 teu X-Press Elbe in late summer.
The installation process involves fitting Value Maritime’s Filtree technology, incorporating a carbon capture module and CO2 battery. The system filters sulphur and ultra-fine particles from exhaust gases, purify wash water from scrubbers and charges the vessel’s CO2 battery. The CO2 batteries are kept in ISO tank containers and, when full, are off-loaded by container cranes. Then they are replaced with an empty unit and taken to greenhouses in Europe where the captured CO2 is re-used in agriculture.
Pros of the Model
Value Maritime said it had set up an “extensive service network” at main North European container ports to ensure a “100% circular solution” for the batteries.“On leaving the yard, X-Press Feeders will immediately begin to reduce the carbon footprint of these vessels. Instant results in an easy, energy-efficient and cost-effective way, with virtually no downtime,” said Maarten Lodewijks, co-founder and director at Value Maritime.
MD Sander Schakelaar said he was convinced the Filtree system “can play an important role in the energy transition of our industry”.He further added “The necessary course towards a sustainable future has the full attention of the shipping industry worldwide. The transition to sustainable shipping can only be accelerated if we turn the Green Deal into a profitable deal.”
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Source: The Loadstar