Ultramax Bulker Becomes 1st Vessel To Bag ABS’ Biofuel-1 Notation


  • Carras (Hellas) is taking the next step in its sustainability journey by receiving the ABS Biofuel-1 notation for its Aquataurus ultramax bulk carrier.
  • According to ABS, this is the first vessel in the world to qualify for the notation.

Carras (Hellas) S.A.’s Ultramax bulk carrier Aquataurs has become the first vessel in the world to receive the ABS Biofuel-1 notation, reads an official release.

The notation is assigned to vessels that use a biofuel blend of up to and including 30% biofuel in compliance with IMO and ABS requirements.

In a statement issued, ABS said Carras (Hellas) S.A. plans to use biofuels nominated up to B30, where 70% is fossil fuel and 30% is biomass coming from either hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVOs) or fatty acid methyl esters (FAME).

We are very proud to support Carras (Hellas) S.A. in their initiative to use biofuels as part of their sustainability strategy,’ said Stamatis Fradelos, ABS Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. ‘Drop-in biofuels are a “here-now” solution since they take advantage of existing fuel transport and bunkering infrastructure. ABS is well-positioned to use our deep industry knowledge of alternative fuels to support clients along their decarbonisation journey.’

Captain Costas Liadis, President of Carras (Hellas) S.A., added: ‘Carras (Hellas) S.A. is pleased to be working with ABS to support our common goal of reducing fleet emissions for the benefit of the environment. The use of biofuels allows shipowners to reduce their fleet carbon intensity without the cost of expensive retrofits or investments in newbuildings, and we are excited to be pioneers, together with ABS, of obtaining the assignment of the Biofuel-1 notation to Aquataurus.’

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Source: ABS