zoom The world’s first green-ship equipment certification centre opened for business today in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea. The Korean Register – an IACS member class society – is a founding partner in this ground-breaking project.Costing a total of 30bn won (USD 29.4m), the new centre will test, evaluate and certify green-ship equipment.Fully supported by Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, the centre will also carry out joint R & D projects focusing on green-ship technology, expand Korea’s test and certification business and attract related businesses to the area.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.”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,” said Dr. B. S. Park, Chairman & CEO of KR.”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”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.