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An illustration of Carbon Ridge's pilot carbon capture system installed on the M/V Storm. Image courtesy Crowley

An illustration of Carbon Ridge's pilot carbon capture system installed on the M/V Storm. Image courtesy Crowley

Crowley Containership to Test Shipboard Carbon Capture System

Mike Schuler
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December 14, 2023

Crowley and Carbon Ridge Inc, a developer of modular onboard carbon capture and storage solutions (OCCS), are launching pilot project that will involving installing a small carbon capture system on board a Crowley containership.

The project is being initiated with support from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) program.

The companies and MARAD have executed a cooperative agreement for the pilot program to operate, measure and optimize the technology’s effectiveness in actual maritime environments at port and ultimately at sea. The collaboration includes the engineering, manufacturing and integration of a small capacity version of Carbon Ridge’s patent-pending full-scale carbon capture system on Crowley’s 2008-built M/V Storm, operated on Crowley’s Latin America service.

“The advancement of the pilot project represents a milestone in the emerging technology for carbon capture. With its potential for significant emissions reductions through retrofitting or during new building, ship owners and operators have the opportunity to future-proof their vessels for incoming regulations, as well as reach internal goals for decarbonization and reduced emissions impacts,” said Chase Dwyer, CEO, Carbon Ridge.

Crowley’s engineering services group will lead the integration of the pilot system on board the Storm. The system will be housed in two 40-foot containers on the main deck of the vessel. Additionally, a 20-foot ISO-certified tank will be installed for storing the captured liquid CO2. The pilot project aims to capture 1 metric ton of CO2 per day from the vessel’s main engine.

“We are excited to help spearhead the maritime industry’s journey to cleaner operations at sea and in our communities,” said Brett Bennett, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Logistics. “This is a strong step forward to understanding and achieving our commitment to reaching net-zero emissions as part of our sustainability strategy.”

The installation of the pilot unit on the vessel is expected to take place in 2024, following the completion of onshore testing.

“MARAD is pleased to work with industry partners through META to demonstrate innovative technology applications that may lead to greater greenhouse gas emission reductions in the maritime sector,” said Daniel Yuska, director of the MARAD Office of Environment and Innovation.

In 2022, Crowley participated in Carbon Ridge’s seed funding round alongside Berge Bulk and others.

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