ABS publishes guidance on ammonia as a marine fuel

As part of its ongoing series of sustainability-focused whitepapers, ABS has published a new guidance on Ammonia as Marine Fuel.

The publication evaluates the challenges in design and operation of ammonia-fuelled vessels and aims to provide information for shipowners considering ammonia as an option in both the near-term and long-term.

Georgios Plevrakis, ABS Director, Global Sustainability, commented: ‘Ammonia is a zero-carbon fuel that can enter the global market relatively quickly and help meet the IMO’s GHG reduction target for 2050. It offers shipowners and operators a zero-carbon tank-to-wake emissions profile but is not without challenges, not least the greater prescriptive requirements for containment and equipment than most of the other alternative fuels under consideration and the need for development for supply side infrastructure.

‘This guidance underscores how ABS is well-positioned to assist owners, operators, shipbuilders and original equipment manufacturers as they consider the practical implications of the use of ammonia as fuel.’

The guidance builds on the ABS research developed in Setting the Course to Low Carbon Shipping: Pathways to Sustainable Shipping.

Download the Ammonia as Marine Fuel guidance here.

The previous whitepaper in the series, LNG as Marine Fuel, can be downloaded here.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor