Solicitation Released for the Capture and Control System for Oil Tankers Project

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September 2, 2020

Solicitation for the Capture and Control System for Oil Tankers Project

Applications now being accepted

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is pleased to announce that the application period is now open for a “Capture and Control System for Oil Tankers Project.” Eligible applicants to this competitive solicitation include local air districts, California-based public entities, and California-based non-profit organizations. The total funding available for this project is up to $10 million from CARB’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives for Low Carbon Transportation Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program. For this solicitation, “oil tankers” refer to self-propelled vessels constructed or adapted primarily to carry liquid bulk cargo. Tanker vessels may carry petroleum crude, petroleum products, or non-petroleum based products.

Applications must be submitted via an upload portal, and must be received by CARB no later than 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), Friday, November 6, 2020. The grant solicitation and all associated documents can be found on CARB’s webpage.

CARB will hold one Applicant Zoom Conference, at which time staff will be available to answer questions potential applicants may have regarding eligibility, application completion, and other requirements. Written questions submitted before the Applicant Zoom Conference will be given priority; questions may be submitted to Mr. Dmitri Smith until September 22 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).

Applicant Zoom Conference

DATE:     September 24, 2020
TIME:     10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)



California Climate Investments Low Carbon Transportation Funding: The Low Carbon Transportation program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.  The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is soliciting a Grantee to implement and administer a project for a capture and control system for oil tankers under the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives (FY 2019-20 Funding Plan).  CARB approved the current funding plan in October 2019, which included $10 million for a project to demonstrate a capture and control system for oil tankers to capture vessel emissions at berth.  CARB’s goal under this competitive solicitation is to demonstrate that commercially available capture and control technologies currently used by container vessels can continue to be adapted, or demonstrate new, innovative emission treatment strategies for use on oil tanker vessels at berth.

Capture and control systems are designed to capture vessel exhaust either at the stack, or when diverted directly to a connection point in the vessel exhaust system, and treat that exhaust in an emissions control system targeting criteria pollutants and toxic diesel particulate matter (PM).  Eligible projects will also need to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, toxic diesel PM and criteria pollutants that are generated by the operation of the capture and control system.  Capture and control systems for oil tankers will also showcase innovative solutions to address the unique safety requirements of tanker vessels.  Projects will also demonstrate expanded capability to the existing commercial barge-based capture and control technologies for container vessels by controlling higher flow rates of emissions from the large boiler and auxiliary engine loads of oil tankers.

For more information about CARB’s Low Carbon Transportation Investments, visit the Low Carbon Transportation Investments and Air Quality Improvement Program web page.

For more information about CARB’s Ocean Going Vessels at Berth Program, visit the Shore Power for Ocean-Going Vessels web page.  

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If you have questions or comments regarding this announcement, please contact Mr. Dmitri Smith, Air Pollution Specialist.