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ABS PUBLISHES NEW GUIDE FOR METHANOL FUELS

ABS PUBLISHES NEW GUIDE FOR METHANOL FUELS

Thursday, January 13, 2022 

ABS has built on its experience in the application of alternative marine fuels with the publication of the 'ABS Guide for Methanol and Ethanol Fueled Vessels'.

The Guide sets out Classification criteria for the arrangements, construction, installation and survey of machinery, equipment and systems for vessels operating with methanol or ethanol as fuel with a focus on minimising risks to the vessel, crew and environment.

Methanol is regarded as one of the leading renewable fuel options that can provide carbon neutral fuel supply and support decarbonisation within the maritime industry. Industry leaders are already ordering methanol-fuelled vessels as part of their decarbonisation strategy and securing the supply of carbon neutral e-methanol.

Patrick Ryan, ABS SVP Global Engineering and Technology, said: “ABS is involved in multiple methanol-fuelled projects covering container vessels, bulk carriers, and tankers, together with dual-fuel machinery projects, and we are proud to be able to use our experience to support the industry with the publication of this guide.”

Vessels are eligible to receive the Low Flashpoint-Fuelled Ship (DFD-Methanol) notation when they are arranged to burn methanol for propulsion or auxiliary purposes in accordance with the requirements of the Guide.

The ABS Guide for Methanol and Ethanol Fueled Vessels is available for download here.

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