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Lateral Naval Architects secures AiP from ABS for Energy Transition Platform

22 November 2023 • Written by Holly Margerrison

In a step towards reaching net zero within the industry, Southampton-based Lateral Naval Architects has announced it has received an Approval in Principle (AiP) for its Energy Transition Platform (ETP). ABS awarded the AiP for feasibility of the naval architecture and engineering systems.

The ETP is a technical solution that enables a phased transition from diesel-based fuels to methanol in a "pre-engineered design that can hedge against possible future outcomes". Lateral has worked collaboratively with ABS to understand the most effective methods of compliance, ensuring the platform adopts safety methodologies and regulatory compliance into the heart of the design.

The technical architecture of the ETP was submitted for approval to ABS requirements for methanol and ethanol-fuelled vessels.

Simon Brealey, chief mechanical engineer at Lateral, said: "Achieving AiP for our flexible methanol-ready platform is a very important first step in the journey to provide our clients with solutions and practical answers to the future. As naval architects and engineers we are excited by the challenges of the energy transition and the ETP is a great example of our ongoing work to push to net zero."

Daniele Bottino, ABS manager, business development, yacht sector lead, added: "ABS is proud to collaborate with forward-looking companies like Lateral Naval Architects who continuously explore and promote innovative solutions for their clients. This superyacht promises to capitalise on the experience gained from commercial vessels utilising methanol to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets."

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