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

30 Oct 2020

Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) on Friday (30 October) published a 107-page whitepaper Ammonia as Marine Fuel evaluating the challenges in design and operation of ammonia-fuelled vessels. 

The latest in an ongoing series of ABS sustainability focused whitepapers examining different fuel options for the marine industry, Ammonia as Marine Fuel provides information for shipowners considering ammonia as an option in both the near-term and long-term, it said.

“Ammonia is a zero-carbon fuel that can enter the global market relatively quickly and help meet the IMO’s GHG reduction target for 2050,” said Georgios Plevrakis, ABS Director, Global Sustainability.

“It offers shipowners and operators a zero-carbon tank-to-wake emissions profile but is not without challenges, not least the greater prescriptive requirements for containment and equipment than most of the other alternative fuels under consideration and the need for development for supply side infrastructure.

“This guidance underscores how ABS is well-positioned to assist owners, operators, shipbuilders and original equipment manufacturers as they consider the practical implications of the use of ammonia as fuel.”

The guidance builds on the ABS research developed in Setting the Course to Low Carbon Shipping: Pathways to Sustainable Shipping, to help drive decarbonisation pathways for the industry.

A copy of the ABS whitepaper is available for download here.


Photo credit: American Bureau of Shipping
Published: 30 October, 2020

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