ClassNK issues AiP for liquefied CO2 carriers developed by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and NYK

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Classification society ClassNK has issued an Approval in Principle for liquefied CO2 (LCO2) carriers developed by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line).

Carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is attracting global attention as an effective mean for realizing a carbon-neutral society. It is a process that captures CO2 released from thermal power plants, factories, etc. and either uses it as resources or stores it in a stable underground geological formation.

LCO2 carriers will play a vital role in the CCUS value chain by transporting LCO2 to storage sites and facilities for utilization. In order to support the construction of the value chain, ClassNK provides technical verification on the sea transportation of LCO2, which is expected to be used worldwide.

ClassNK carried out the design review of the medium- and large-scale LCO2 carriers developed by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and NYK Line based on its Part N of Rules for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships incorporating the IGC Code.

The classification society says it will actively continue to take part in advanced initiatives toward decarbonization and also support decarbonization of the entire maritime industry by incorporating the knowledge gained through collaboration with frontrunners into rules and guidelines.

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