KSOE and HHI Among Others in a Joint Project to Create the World’s Largest Liquid CO2 Carrier

The largest liquefied CO2 carrier with a carrying capacity of 74,000 m3 is to be developed in a joint venture involving Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Classification society ABS and the Marshall Island Registry’s International registries. As the carbon capture industry expands at 30% per year and is expected to reach 7.6 billion tons, this is just one of the many liquefied CO2 carriers being developed concurrently.

KSOE and HHI are supposed to design this vessel and will subsequently build the prototype after receiving design approvals. Logistics service providers G-Marine Service and Hyundai Glovis are to manage the sourcing and shipping of the liquefied carbon dioxide. ABS and Marshall Island Registries are lending their consulting services to check the stability and the integrity of the design produced, based on the requirements that IMO has placed for liquefied gas carriers. HHI is drawing upon its experience building the 40,000 m3 “super gap technology” developed in 2021 for this design. The cargo containment system on board will ensure that the CO2 is safely transported by maintaining a low temperature and high pressure on the 9 storage tanks that will be onboard to store the CO2.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and France’s Total Energies have also announced that they are working on a joint project for liquid CO2 carriers with large carrying capacity. This large capacity is meant to provide an economical solution to the countries that do not have a carbon dioxide handling and storage infrastructure.

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