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Kawasaki Kisen to test carbon capture aboard ship in 2021

Japanese shipper takes step toward industrywide goal of halving emissions

A bulk carrier used for shipping commodities such as coal. Kawasaki Kisen says it will be the first in the world to test a small-scale carbon capture system on a ship. (Photo by Kawasaki Kisen)

TOKYO -- Maritime shipper Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha will next year start testing what it says will be the world's first small-scale carbon capture system aboard a ship.

The Tokyo-based company will develop the device by next March in partnership with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, according to an announcement Monday. It plans to load the device onto a coal carrier it operates for Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings around the summer of 2021.

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