The world’s first green-ship equipment centre, opened its doors for business in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, South Korea earlier this month. As a member of an IACS class society, the Korean register became a foundunf partner for this project.
The centre was created in response to IMO’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction and maritime pollution regulations and will enable KR and its partners to lead the way in certifying essential green-ship components, including engines. It will also carry out joint R & D projects with Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries for green-ship technology, to expand test and certification business and attract relate businesses to the area.
Jung Young-jun, Executive Vice President and acting Chairman & CEO of KR said that “The completion of the centre means that we have created a solid foundation of infrastructure to certify green-ship components and machinery. This allows us to facilitate the development of technology to respond to IMOs greenhouse gas reduction and other environmental regulations.
We expect to revitalize the marine equipment industry by establishing a holistic cooperative forum with relevant research institutes, organizations and academic institutions as well as shipyards and marine equipment businesses.”
The new centre is equipped with an 8MW-class engine test-bed, hybrid power systems, a fuel Q/P and emission bench, Organic Ranking Cycle (ORC) systems and other facilities.
The 8MW-class engine test-bed is the first to be available anywhere in the world, and is attracting significant interest from major shipyards.
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Source: World Maritime News