Korean Register, Hyundai Mipo and Korea Marine Transport developing ballast-free boxship

The Korean Register (KR), Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and Korea Marine Transport have entered into a memorandum of understanding for a joint development project for 1,800 teu container vessels featuring a ballast-free concept.

Under the agreement, Hyundai Mipo will be responsible for the basic ship designs and the Korean Register will assess the safety, adequacy and validity to give a license to the new design, which is expected to finish in the fourth quarter of the year. Korea Marine Transport will support the comparative study on the transport capability and operation efficiency.

According to KR, the project will help minimize the use of ballast water threatening the world’s coastal and marine environments in a preemptive measure to stricter environmental regulations and will further help domestic shipbuilding and marine companies raise their market competitiveness.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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