World’s first ammonia-ready vessel delivered to Avin International

Avin International, a Greek shipowner, has taken delivery of Kriti Future, the world's first ammonia-fuel equipped vessel. The 274-meter-long tanker's delivery ceremony was conducted on January 10, 2022, at New Times Shipbuilding.

This Suezmax tanker has been classed by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and will operate under the Greek Flag. China-based New Times Shipbuilding (NTS) was responsible for the construction of the 274m long ship.

The vessel is now conventionally fuelled, although it meets the ABS Ammonia Ready Level 1 standards, suggesting that it is meant to be converted to run on ammonia in the future. In addition, the vessel satisfies the ABS LNG Fuel Ready Level 1 criteria.

"This vessel marks a significant milestone in the evolution of the maritime sector and a step forward in the readiness to use alternative marine fuels," said Filippos Nikolatsopoulos, ABS Manager, Greece Business Development. According to ABS, Ammonia Fuel Ready Level 1 means the vessel meets the standards established in the ABS Guide for Gas and Other Low-Flashpoint Fuel Ready Vessels.

ABS' alternative fuel ready package of advice and qualification programs is designed to provide owners with the flexibility they require while also preparing them for a future in which alternative fuels, such as ammonia, play a larger role.

ABS, SDTR Marine, and the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) collaborated in January 2022 to create a methanol-fueled bulk carrier design.