Japanese shipbuilders Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Nihon Shipyard are teaming up to develop an ocean-going liquefied carbon dioxide (LCO2) tanker. The companies are responding to increasing demand for CO2 transport resulting from the growth of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. They plan to build a robust shipbuilding infrastructure in Japan to meet demand as the number of CCS projects increases, particularly in Asia. Construction of a test ship is scheduled at the Nihon shipyard, with possible delivery estimated for 2027.
The tanker will leverage Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s expertise in gas handling technology and Nihon Shipyard’s shipbuilding experience with various ship types and advanced technological capabilities. Mitsubishi Shipbuilding is proactively pursuing strategic measures to strengthen its position in the energy transition and is actively pursuing the development and commercialisation of LCO2 tankers in cooperation with several Japanese shipping companies and energy companies. Meanwhile, Nihon Shipyard is exploring the commercialisation of LNG and ammonia-fuelled vessels in anticipation of forthcoming regulations to limit CO2 emissions.
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