Korean shipbuilders rush to develop eco-friendly ships amid regulations

 SEOUL, June 30 (Yonhap/APP):  Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. and other major shipbuilders are scurrying to develop eco-friendly power systems for ships in order to clinch more deals amid toughened emission regulations.


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted mandatory steps under which carriers are required to operate a fleet of vessels designed to cut emissions by more than 30 percent by 2025 compared with 2008. The IMO is also considering further reducing the emission levels by 40 percent by 2030 and by 70 percent by 2050.

From Jan. 1, 2020, the IMO lowered the sulfur cap on fuel content from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent.

Sulphur oxides in the atmosphere can lead to acid rain that hurts crops and forests and causes the acidification of the oceans.


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