ABS launches alternative fuels guide

According to the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), the guide is designed to support shipowners looking to build a new vessel or convert an existing one to use LNG, methanol, ethane, LPG, hydrogen, ammonia and other gases or low-flashpoint fuels. Already an emerging trend, ABS says the use of low-flashpoint fuels is expected to increase significantly as the industry addresses IMO 2030 and 2050 targets.

‘The decision to build a new ship or convert an existing one to use gas or other low-flashpoint fuels is complex, due to the many technical and commercial challenges that need to be faced during the design of the vessel and all the associated systems. This guide introduces the concept of “Alternative Fuel Ready”, which allows shipowners to plan their future fleets to adapt to the evolving regulatory and technological landscape,’ said Gareth Burton, ABS Vice President, Technology.

The guide, which replaces the Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels, supports owners looking to commission conventionally powered vessels that are ‘Alternative Fuel Ready’- designed to be capable of adaptation to low-flashpoint fuels at a future date.

The guide, which also introduces a range of ‘Alternative Fuel Ready’ notations, defines a programme of three levels of alternative fuel readiness through concept, design and installation. This approach, says ABS, identifies the key technical issues to assist owners, designers, and shipyards in developing vessels capable of low-flashpoint fuel operations.

To download a copy of the Guide for Gas and Other Low-Flashpoint Fuel Ready Vessels, click here.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry