30 May 2023
Ammonia-Fuelled Newcastlemax gets AiP from ABS
The innovative ammonia-fuelled Newcastlemax bulker design from Anglo-Eastern Technical Services (AETS) has received Approval in Principle (AIP) by the American classification society ABS.
The dual-fuel vessel design sacrifices no cargo space by using deck-mounted IMO Type C tanks. Note that the tanks will be installed under the accommodation block on each side of the vessel.
Additionally, AETS has designed the system for retrofit to existing vessels as well as ammonia-fuelled and ammonia-ready new buildings.
“Ammonia is a fuel with high potential as a solution for shipping companies looking to decarbonize their operations. ABS is committed to supporting its safe adoption by the industry and is working with forward-thinking companies such as AETS to develop the systems the industry will require. We are proud to be able to use this industry-leading insight to support their innovative approach,”Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO.
“The transition to alternative fuels is an unavoidable part of our industry’s journey towards net-zero propulsion technologies. Having in place advanced alternative ship designs of equivalent safety as conventional vessels will facilitate the rate of adaptation. We are proud to be a first mover at this critical juncture of decarbonizing international shipping,”Bjorn Hojgaard, CEO of Anglo-Eastern Univan Group.
Nonetheless, the potential of ammonia to contribute to shipping’s decarbonization objectives is increasingly getting recognition. Therefore, ABS has moved to support its adoption with the publication of industry-leading guidance for the design and construction of ammonia-fueled vessels.
At last, the ABS Guide for Ammonia-Fueled Vessels sets out Classification design criteria for the arrangements, construction, installation, and survey of machinery, equipment, and systems for vessels operating with ammonia as fuel to minimize risks to the vessel, crew, and the environment.
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