Breeze Ship Design – Equinor CO2-carrier

Breeze Ship Design, together with the Norwegian energy major Equinor, will develop a ship design concept for a CO2 carrier for direct offshore injection. The main key design drivers are safe loading, transport, and offshore injection of CO2 with as low emissions as possible.

The vessel will be specialized for its trade with a cargo capacity of approximately 40.000 tonnes of CO2. The trading area will be North-West Europe/Scandinavia with discharge locations in the North Sea Area. Propulsion will be based on ammonia dual fuel, where thrusters and propeller configuration will be optimized for harsh weather conditions. The ship concept connects to an offshore STL buoy to ensure continuous injection of CO2 to subsea wells. 

“Equinor believes that the direct injection concept is an interesting way to implement ship-based transport and injection solutions for CO2. We need to make sure the technical risks are reduced to an acceptable level and that the business case is sound. That is why this project is important” – Elisabeth Birkeland, VP for Carbon capture and storage solutions in Equinor.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a key enabler in the energy transition to a low carbon value chain, where seaborn CO2 transportation is an important part of the technology development. Breeze Ship Design has taken a leading role in several technology development projects driving the decarbonisation of shipping. Breeze Ship Design is currently involved in 10-15 zero/low emission ship design projects with dual fuel propulsion systems based on Ammonia-, Hydrogen-, Methanol or other biofuels, in combination with novel combustion engines and fuel cell technology. 

“We are proud and humble to be selected by Equinor as the designer for this development. The project fits well with Breeze Ship Design’s strategy to be a leading design company accelerating the energy transition to low carbon shipping. By combining our experience with offshore vessels and gas carriers we are confident we will be able to provide Equinor with novel solutions for their future investments in the CO2 value chain.” – Reinert Nordtveit, COO Breeze Ship Design

Breeze Ship Design is a Norwegian ship design company located at Stord that offers innovative designs with focus on environmental compliance with known and future rules and regulations.

The company has the right to manage the former Wärtsilä Ship Design design-portfolio, including Wärtsilä Ship Design Norway AS/Vik-Sandvik AS and Skipskonsulent AS, Wärtsilä Ship Design Germany/Schiffko and Wärtsilä Ship Design Singapore/Conan Wu & Associate. This design portfolio consists of more than 4000 vessels built, including some of the most advanced dual fuel powered ships constructed.