ABS Publishes Industry-Leading Requirements for Liquefied Carbon Dioxide (LCO2) Carriers

Guidance Addresses Next-Generation Vessels Transporting Captured CO2  

(HOUSTON) ABS sets its sights on the vessels that will support the next step in the path of decarbonization with its latest publication: Requirements for Liquefied Carbon Dioxide Carriers.

This is the first publication available in the maritime industry dedicated to the design, construction, and classification of LCO2 carriers where liquefied CO2 is carried as cargo.

As more industries adopt carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies as part of a decarbonization strategy, the amount of captured CO2 will be greater than today’s consumption. This excess CO2 needs to be transported both globally and/or locally for sequestration or various uses. Transporting captured CO2 over long distances will cause an increased demand for building dedicated liquefied CO2 (LCO2) carriers.

“The safe transportation of CO2 plays a vital role in the carbon value chain, and ABS is proud to use our expertise as the world’s leading classification society for gas carriers to support this sector of the global energy transition. Our new requirements provide much needed guidance to minimize risks to the crew, vessel and the environment,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

The new publication, ABS Requirements for Liquefied Carbon Dioxide Carriers, is available for download here

ABS is the world’s premier classification society for gas carriers with more than 50 years of experience, and ABS is leading the maritime industry in comprehensive decarbonization and sustainability solutions. Learn more here.


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