ClassNK Validates World First Onboard CCS Installation on Neopanamax

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Ever Top World First CCS ClassNK

In a significant stride towards maritime sustainability, ClassNK, the renowned ship classification society, has awarded its groundbreaking Shipboard Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage-Full (SCCS-Full) class notation to EVER TOP, a Neopanamax container vessel belonging to EVERGREEN. This certification heralds a historic moment as EVER TOP becomes the world’s pioneer Neopanamax container vessel to be retrofitted with onboard CO2 capture and storage (CCS) systems.

The CCS systems installed on EVER TOP were meticulously designed and developed by the Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute and expertly fitted at Huarun Dadong Dockyard Co., Ltd. (HRDD). ClassNK played a pivotal role in this process, conducting rigorous reviews of system components and installation plans in accordance with its comprehensive “Guidelines for Shipboard CO2 Capture and Storage Systems.”

The assessment encompassed thorough risk evaluations via Hazard Identification (HAZID) and meticulous scrutiny of the onsite installation process. Following meticulous verification of compliance with all pertinent requirements, the prestigious SCCS-Full notation was formally conferred upon the vessel.

Expressing admiration for the pioneering efforts, Masaki Matsunaga, Corporate Officer and Director of Plan Approval and Technical Solution Division at ClassNK, lauded EVERGREEN and all involved stakeholders for their bold and practical adoption of CCS systems to advance greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement technologies. He underscored ClassNK’s firm commitment to supporting proactive initiatives aimed at decarbonization through the provision of robust standards, thorough surveys, and certifications.

ClassNK, established in 1899, has remained a stalwart in the realm of ship classification, steadfastly promoting safer and cleaner seas. Beyond surveys and classifications of ships and marine structures, the organization provides statutory certifications on behalf of over 110 flag states, in addition to management system certifications aligned with ISO and other international standards.

With a resolute focus on catalyzing the industry’s transition towards digitalization and decarbonization, ClassNK invests substantial resources and expertise into research and development endeavors. Collaborating closely with industry stakeholders, the society spearheads the development and deployment of innovative technological solutions aimed at fostering a safer, greener, and more sustainable maritime future.

Operating as a global entity, ClassNK delivers top-tier services and round-the-clock support through a network of 130 exclusive surveyor offices staffed by competent and seasoned professionals worldwide. With approximately 260 million gross tons, representing around 20% of the world’s merchant fleet under its register, ClassNK stands as one of the largest classification societies globally in terms of gross tonnage.


Evergreen Marine Corporation, commonly known as Evergreen, stands as a beacon of innovation and sustainability in the maritime industry. Founded in 1968 in Taiwan, Evergreen has emerged as one of the world’s leading container shipping companies, renowned for its commitment to operational excellence and environmental stewardship. With a fleet of state-of-the-art vessels, including the iconic green-hued containerships that have become synonymous with the company,

Evergreen continues to set industry standards for efficiency, reliability, and eco-conscious practices. Embracing the latest advancements in technology and logistics, Evergreen strives to deliver superior service while minimizing its carbon footprint. As a global leader in container shipping, Evergreen remains dedicated to driving forward-thinking solutions that benefit both its customers and the planet, exemplifying its motto of “Evergreen, Ever Better.”

Source ClassNK