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Korea govt planning fuel conversion of 140 state-owned ships by 2030

29 Oct 2019

South Korea is planning a fuel conversion for all 140 state-owned vessels by 2030 as part of activities to strength domestic and international environmental regulations and reduce fine dust produced by ships and ports, said the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries on Monday (28 October).

It will be implementing a 'customised eco-friendly ship conversion' plan for each ship based on type, size and operational characteristics.

LNG propulsion will be used on vessels with total tonnage of 200 tonnes or more, while ships less than 200 tonnes will be converted to use electric propulsion or hybrid technologies for propulsion.

Air pollutant reduction devices, such as diesel particulate filters, will be installed on vessels approaching the end of their service life by 2030.

“The 2030 Eco-friendly Public Service Transition Plan will not only serve as a medium for developing and distributing eco-friendly vessels, but will also contribute to reducing fine dust, greenhouse gases and air pollutants (sulphur oxides, etc.),” said Kim Min-jong Director of Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.

Photo credit: Busan Port Authority
Published: 29 October, 2019


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