Avin International receives world’s first ammonia-capable ship

Greece-based shipowner Avin International has taken delivery of the world’s first ammonia-capable ship, Kriti Future.

This Suezmax tanker has been classified by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and will fly the Greek flag.

New Times Shipbuilding (NTS) of China was responsible for the construction of the 274 m long ship.

Currently Kriti Future is ‘conventionally fueled’ but benefits from meeting ABS Ammonia Ready Level 1 requirements.

This means that after the conversion, the ship has been developed to run on ammonia in the future.

Ammonia Fuel Ready Level 1 shows that the vessel meets the requirements set out in the ABS Guide for Gas and Other Low-Flamepoint Fuel Ready Vessels.

This guide was developed by ABS under a number of alternative fuel industry guidelines, including support for the development of ammonia as a marine fuel.

In addition, the vessel has been designed to meet ABS liquefied natural gas (LNG) Fuel Ready Level 1 standards.

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

“ABS’ alternative fuel-ready offering of advisory and skills development programs is designed to give owners the flexibility they need and help them prepare for a future where alternative fuels like ammonia play a bigger role.”

In October 2020, ABS published its sustainability white paper: Ammonia as a marine fuel.

This document assesses the challenges in designing and operating ammonia-powered vessels.

Last month, ABS, SDTR Marine and the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) came together to design a concept for a bulk carrier powered by methanol.

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