Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Launches Demo Test Ship for Liquefied CO2 Transport

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group company based in Yokohama, launched a demonstration test ship for the transport of liquefied carbon dioxide (LCO2), to be utilised in conjunction with initiatives by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

The Engineering Advancement Association of Japan (ENAA), one of the consignees for the NEDO demonstration projects, will charter the ship from Sanyu Kisen, and install and operate the LCO2 marine tank system used to conduct research and development.

Three additional project partners, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Nippon Gas Line and Ochanomizu University, will be commissioned by ENAA to conduct R&D on the pressure control and stability of the LCO2 transported on the ship, and plan demonstration experiments, as well as develop and demonstrate technologies for safe and low-cost CO2 transport.

Carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is gaining attention as an effective means of achieving a carbon-neutral society.

Because the sources of CO2 emissions are often located distant from the sites selected for carbon utilisation or storage, demand is expected to increase for LCO2 carriers able to transport such cargo safely and economically.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will draw on its experience constructing this vessel to bolster its business for MHI Group’s energy transition strategy, and will develop the various technologies for LCO2 vessels necessary to establish a CCUS value chain.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, in its “MARINE FUTURE STREAM” growth strategy, has laid out a vision for the decarbonisation of the maritime economy through renewable energy and the carbon cycle, along with a safe and secure society through autonomy and electrification, and is working to generate new ideas in marine-related innovation and make them a reality.

As part of this effort, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will actively pursue development and commercialization of LCO2 carriers, and as a marine systems integrator, aim to achieve decarbonisation.

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