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Chinese yard delivers world’s first ammonia-ready vessel to Avin International

07 Feb 2022

Chinese shipyard New Times Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (NTS) in October 2021 delivered the world’s first ammonia-ready vessel Kriti Future to owners Avin International LTD.

The landmark 274-meter-long Greek-flagged vessel has been classed by ABS and is currently conventionally fuelled, said the classification society on Friday (4 February).

The vessel complies with the ABS Ammonia Ready Level 1 requirements, indicating it is designed to be converted to run on ammonia in the future. The vessel also meets the ABS LNG Fuel Ready Level 1 requirements.

“This vessel represents a milestone in the development of the maritime industry and a step forward in the readiness to utilise alternative marine fuels,” said Filippos Nikolatsopoulos, ABS Manager, Greece Business Development.

“ABS’ alternative fuel ready suite of guidance and qualification programs is designed to give owners the flexibility they need and help prepare for a future in which alternative fuels such as ammonia take a bigger role.”

According to ABS, Ammonia Fuel Ready Level 1 indicates the vessel conforms to the requirements outlined in the ABS Guide for Gas and Other Low-Flashpoint Fuel Ready Vessels.

This is part of a suite of industry guidance on alternative fuels developed by ABS, including support for the development of ammonia as a marine fuel.

In October 2020, ABS published its Sustainability Whitepaper: Ammonia as Marine Fuel evaluating the challenges in design and operation of ammonia-fueled vessels.

Related: Classification society ABS publishes whitepaper on using ammonia as a bunker fuel


Photo credit: New Times Shipbuilding
Published: 7 February, 2022

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