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Press Release: BG Freight Reduces Carbon & Gains Competitive Edge with Value Maritime’s Filtering and CO2 Capture System

21 February 2022

BG Freight Line has committed to reducing carbon emissions by installing Value Maritime’s Filtree and carbon capture system onboard two of their container vessels BG Onyx and BG Ruby chartered from German shipowner HS Schiffahrt.

BG Onyx

Powering Collaboration

The decision highlights the advantages of bringing the strengths of both shipowner and charterer/co-owner together to solve the issue of shipping emissions. Both companies understand the value of investing together in a sustainable solution for these vessels. A solution that sees them immediately reducing their carbon footprint, prepares them for future environmental regulations and gives an edge over competing vessels along similar trade routes.

Sustainable Ships

Both BG Onyx and BG Ruby are expected to be retrofitted this summer with the installation of Value Maritime’s Filtree, including the unique Clean-Loop system and Carbon Capture feature. Once the installation is complete, the vessels will continue to trade in North-West Europe emitting considerably less carbon and will utilise Value Maritime outlets across this region to reuse the carbon on land.

This is the first of many contracts Value Maritime intends to sign with German shipowners and charterers. Maarten Lodewijks, Director and Co-Founder – Value Maritime highlights the benefits of their in-house developed technology for customers, “A green and financial dividend is the best of both worlds. Not only can our clients reduce their carbon emissions with a system that’s cleaner than MGO and capture carbon onboard their small-large sized vessels, but they can also generate substantial fuel savings, and earn back their investment in 1-2.5 years.”

A Clean Circular Solution

Value Maritime developed “Filtree”, a unique system that cleans both air and water from all ship types and includes an integrated carbon capture feature making today’s fleet (newbuild or retrofit) not only sustainable today but future-proof for tomorrow.

The “plug and play” Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) is based on compact, patented and proven technology. It filters sulphur as well as ultra-fine particulate matter from the exhausts of small-large size ships while ensuring the wash water used is also filtered and the ph neutralised before discharge.

The CO₂ capture feature removes and stores carbon from the vessel’s exhaust gases and uses it to charge a CO₂ battery which can be offloaded and re-used to facilitate the growth of flowers and other crops or used to enrich future fuels such as methanol for dual-fuelled vessels – a truly clean circular solution.

Koert Luitwieler, CEO – BG Freight Line, “Value Maritime’s technology offers us an immediate and sustainable solution to reducing our carbon emissions while keeping our vessels commercially competitive and sailing with virtually no disruption to our trading.”

The contract includes installation and commissioning by the Value Maritime engineering team, initial training and any ongoing maintenance.

Value Maritime

Value Maritime’s vision is to dramatically decrease the environmental footprint of shipping and significantly contribute to improving the overall sustainability of the maritime industry. Since 2017, their technology has been helping shipowners and operators to increase their competitiveness by achieving valuable emission reductions and financial savings.

Value Maritime is a fast-growing and innovative company that is sustainable by nature with a team that is dedicated to making an impact.

BG Freight Line

BG Freight Line ( as a full subsidiary of Peel Ports Group provides a comprehensive range of logistics services to and from Ireland, the UK and continental Europe. These services include door-to-door shipping, feedering and quay-to-quay shipping for all types of containerised cargo.

From their headquarters at Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals and offices in the UK and Ireland, they operate some 23 fully containerised vessels. They constantly invest in equipment, adding new ships to ensure a modern, efficient fleet. Their sailing schedule is amongst the best in the business, with all ports served at least twice a week, and transit times ranging from one to four days.

HS Schiffahrt

HS Schiffahrt is a medium-sized family-run shipping company with a long maritime tradition in the container feeder, multi-purpose, and (mini-)bulker markets. It is a modern shipping company meeting the challenges and opportunities in the maritime industry and actively and innovatively shaping the future.