The ABS-classed, Greek-flagged Suezmax tanker Kriti Future has been delivered to Avin International Ltd. in Maroussi, Greece, as the world’s first ship to be classified as ammonia-fuel ready.

China’s New Times Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. built the 274-meter-long vessel.

The ship is now conventionally fueled, however it meets ABS Ammonia Ready Level 1 requirements, indicating that it is planned to run on ammonia in the future. The vessel also meets the standards for ABS LNG Fuel Ready Level 1 requirements.

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

The vessel meets the requirements provided in the ABS Guide for Gas and Other Low-Flashpoint Fuel Ready Vessels at Ammonia Fuel Ready Level 1.

ABS released their sustainability whitepaper Ammonia as Marine Fuel in October 2020, analyzing the challenges of designing and operating ammonia-fueled vessels.

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