Høglund and HB Hunte develop technology for CCS maritime chain

Høglund Marine Solutions and HB Hunte Engineering have developed a CO2 vessel, tank and cargo handling concept which will support carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives.

 Høglund and HB Hunte’s transportation solution, which is said to more than double current vessel cargo capacity to transport CO2, uses a bilobe tank with a capacity of 8000 cubic metres (cbm). This draws on Cargo Handling System (CHS) and tank designs that the companies have previously developed for LNG, LPG and other sectors.

The solution is available for use in existing tanker designs. It more than doubles the transportation capacity of liquid CO2 over current vessel capacity without the size, weight and stability concerns that would have come from a higher capacity ‘monolobe’ design. It can also be ‘quickly adapted’ for LPG, say the companies.

Announcing the new solution, the firms said that: ‘The tank configuration has a direct and positive impact for the use of different alternative material and reasonable fabrication processes while complying with IGC Code and conventional rule.

‘This allows the production of a solution which is substantially lower cost and risk than conventional very large diameter cylindrical type offering the same capacity.’

Commenting on the new technology, David Gunaseelan, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Høglund, said: ‘With the global economy facing more pressure to reduce its carbon emissions, we must develop the technology for a viable CCS chain, and new ways of solving the complex challenges that come with upscaling CO2 transportation.

‘I’m thrilled to work with HB Hunte to develop a readily viable solution, which significantly broadens our horizons and demonstrates the cross-sector thinking needed to reduce atmospheric carbon levels in as many ways as possible.’

Wolfgang Franzelius, Director Sales & Business Development at HB Hunte, added: ‘CCS is a core technology area in realising the important goal of a net-zero economy. With new lines of finance emerging that support decarbonisation, we must develop the technology to achieve it at pace and scale.

‘We are happy to team up with Høglund to support the development of safe and economical sea transport of captured carbon to a point where it cannot harm our planet.’

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes