Sener completes design of new sustainable biofuel tanker capable of capturing CO2 from other vessels


Spain’s Sener technology and engineering group reports that it has successfully completed the conceptual design of a new model of sustainable tanker to supply biofuels during bunkering operations.

The company, with a track record of more than six decades in the naval sector, completed the conceptual design of a multi-product supply vessel that can carry heavy fuel oil (HFO), very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), biofuels and marine gas oils (MGO), and that can also store the captured CO2 from nearby vessels.

The new vessel has been designed to operate in compliance with the energy efficiency and emission reduction requirements of the IMO. The design also includes different technical- economic configurations to help shipowners select the best alternative based on their priorities and needs, such as costs, ease of installation on board, or safety.

The design is intended to allow shipowners to choose different propulsion alternatives (conventional, diesel- electric or hybrid), as well as different types of sulphate cleaning systems (open, closed or mixed) and CO2 capture systems.

Sener’s new tanker ship design features a complete emission reduction and management system made up of a CO2 capture and storage system, a selective catalytic reduction, or SCR, system (process to convert nitrogen oxides into diatomic nitrogen and water, with help from a catalyst) and a sulphate cleaning system. It is also set up to store the CO2 captured by other vessels in the vicinity, promoting the capture of this compound in the area of operations, and thus help reduce emissions locally.