Kriti Future, the 274 meter-long world’s first ammonia-fuel ready tanker has been delivered to owners Avin International LTD, flying the Greek flag.
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Built by New Times Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (NTS), the 48 meter-wide Kriti Future is currently conventionally fueled, complying with the ABS Ammonia Ready Level 1 requirements. This indicates that it is designed in a way so as to be converted to run on ammonia in the near future. In addition to this, the vessel meets the ABS LNG Fuel Ready Level 1 requirements.
Filippos Nikolatsopoulos, ABS Manager, Greece Business Development stated, “This vessel represents a milestone in the development of the maritime industry and a step forward in the readiness to utilize alternative marine fuels. 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.”
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Ammonia Fuel Ready Level 1 is an indication of the fact that the vessel fulfills the requirements highlighted in the ABS Guide for Gas and Other Low-Flashpoint Fuel Ready Vessels, which is part of a suite of industry guidance on alternative fuels created by ABS, taking in support for the development of ammonia as a marine fuel. ABS published its Sustainability Whitepaper in October 2020: Ammonia as Marine Fuel evaluating the challenges in design and operation of ammonia-fueled vessels.