DNV, a global quality assurance and risk management company, has released new guidelines for the safe installation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems on ships. These guidelines are aimed at supporting the maritime industry in meeting emissions reduction requirements. As different methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are needed to achieve international, regional, and national targets, CCS is expected to be a future solution, especially on vessels where alternative fuels are not feasible. The guidelines cover all aspects of safe installation, including exhaust pre-treatment, absorption, after-treatment systems, CO2 storage, and transfer systems.
The guidelines are designed to be used by stakeholders across the value chain, including ship designers, builders, CCS system manufacturers, and ship owners. They apply to both newbuilds and retrofits. While CCS technology is already known in land-based industries, its application on ships is relatively unproven. DNV’s guidelines provide a framework for installation, offering support to stakeholders in the industry while contributing to reducing emissions and driving the maritime industry towards a more sustainable future. It is important to note that while the guidelines are based on DNV classification requirements, additional technical or other requirements may be imposed by relevant flag-state administrations. The guidelines also cover alternative solutions for carbon capture, such as physical absorption and cryogenic methods.
Overall, DNV’s new guidelines for onboard CCS systems aim to support the maritime industry in meeting strict emissions reduction requirements. The guidelines provide a framework for safe installation and are intended to be used by various stakeholders in the industry. CCS technology on ships is relatively unproven, but these guidelines aim to contribute to reducing emissions and driving the industry towards sustainability. It is important to consider any additional requirements imposed by flag-state administrations, as well as alternative solutions for carbon capture.