Ammonia is one of the most promising fuels of the future for shipping, but getting it into the fuel mix will be difficult, experts say. Classification society Bureau Veritas has published an Ammonia-Prepared notation and is developing a Rule Note for ammonia as a marine fuel to support advancement towards a zero-carbon future.
Avin International – ammonia course
The Greek shipowner Avin International received in January this year. Kriti Future, the world’s first ammonia-powered main engine unit. The ship was built under the supervision of the Greek branch of the ABS classification society.
At present, Kriti Future is ‘conventionally fuelled’, but benefits from compliance with the ABS Ammonia Ready Level 1 requirements. The suezmax tanker has been classed by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and will operate under the Greek Flag.
“This vessel represents a milestone in the development of the maritime industry and a step forward in the readiness to utilize alternative marine fuels,” Filippos Nikolatsopoulos, ABS Manager, Greece Business Development, pointed out.
The ABS-classed Suezmax was has a deadweight tonnage of 156,700. 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.
ZEV Innovation HUB
The Baltic Sea and Space Cluster has established the Baltic ZEV Innovation HUB, which has the potential to build zero-emission ships. The hub is coordinated by the Crist shipyard, and the cooperation is between Nauta Shipyard, ASE Technology Group, TSG Polska and the Cador Consulting design office. Cador is the coordinator of Baltic ICT & AI HUB.
Sources : DNV, Bureau Veritas, ABS, DSIC, AngloEastern, Avin International, BSSC