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K Line to operate liquefied CO2 vessel pair for Northern Lights

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has entered into long-term contract with Northern Lights for two 7,500 cu m liquefied CO2 vessels built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry (DSIC).

The vessels will be delivered in 2024 and service for the world’s first full-scale carbon capture and storage value chain. 

The primary fuel for the ships will be LNG. Wind assisted propulsion system and air lubrication will also be installed to reduce carbon intensity by around 34% compared to conventional systems.

The London-based subsidiary K Line LNG Shipping (UK) will undertake the management of two ships transporting liquefied CO2 from industrial emitters, including the Norcem Brevik and Hafslund Oslo Celsio carbon capture facilities, to the Northern Lights CO2 receiving terminal in Øygarden, Norway, according to K Line.

“We are honored to participate in the Northern Lights project and contribute to the decarbonization of industry. We have been able to develop a new field by making use of our decades of know-how in liquefied gas transport”, said Yukikazu Myochin, President and CEO of K Line. 

Northern Lights and K Line will jointly establish operational procedures for safe transportation of liquefied CO2. The ships are classified by DNV and will be registered in Norway and operated under Norwegian flag.