KR goes green

Jun 01 2015

The Korean Register (KR) has formally opened what it claimed was the world’s first green ship equipment test certification Centre in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, South Korea.

This large-scale facility is operated by KR and has been built with the full support of South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the governments of Gunsan City and Jeolla-buk province.

In recent years, KR has been developing eco-friendly technologies through collaboration on a range of R&D activities with marine equipment manufacturers. The creation of this new international-level facility enables KR to carry out testing and evaluation beyond its routine R&D work. It also allows KR to respond to IMO’s greenhouse emission reduction and maritime pollution regulations.

The new centre will assist the R&D departments of marine equipment manufacturers and help them commercialise their activities and is expected to operate as an international green-ship hub by introducing a certification system for green-ship technologies.

The centre will develop, test and evaluate core green-ship equipment and technical services offered include:

- Test, evaluation and analysis of diesel engines.
- Precision measurement and analysis of combustion and emissions.
- Quality evaluation and analysis of fuel usage.
- Evaluation and analysis of material corrosion and anti-corrosion.
- Evaluation and analysis of thermal control and fluid application systems.
- Evaluation and analysis of hybrid power systems.

Commenting on the opening of the new facility, Dr BS Park, chairman & CEO of KR, said;“This centre was created to provide our clients with holistic services covering technical consulting, engineering and certification. We are delighted to be the world’s first centre to offer a one-stop service for testing and certifying green-ship components and machinery in a single location. Our centre is equipped with the required high-quality facilities and technology for test, evaluation and certification.

As a rule provider, KR not only delivers accurate technical services but also assists clients to achieve economic efficiency. This is a further example of KR operating beyond compliance and I am confident that this new facility will help our clients enhance their technical quality, which will, in turn, have a positive effect on the shipping industry as a whole,” he said. 

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