Eastern Pacific Shipping is to trial carbon capture technology on a pair of MR tankers as it looks to broaden its options for lowering vessel emissions.

The Singapore-based shipowner has teamed up on the project with Rotterdam-based Value Maritime in what is said to be the first installation of the technology on board a tanker.

Eastern Pacific said it will retrofit the systems aboard the 49,700-dwt Pacific Cobalt and Pacific Gold (both built 2020), making them the largest oceangoing vessels fitted with carbon capture technology to date.