Impending death threat on coral reefs

BY Tiya Chatterji 31. OCT.2019

Korea is to soon join the league of leading countries, willing to adopt an eco friendly approach. Global pollution is a growing menace and even the oceans are not devoid of it. The global shipping enterprise has only acted as a catalyst. Looking at the current alarming pollution levels, the government of South Korea revealed its plans to convert the 140 state-owned vessels to run on environmentally friendly fuels by 2030.

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries shed light on a customized eco-friendly ship conversion plan that would be implemented for each unit based on the type, size and operational characteristics of the vessels. A part of the ships would be converted to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and this change would encompass units with a total of over 200 tones, while smaller ships would be converted to use electric or hybrid propulsion.

The ministry has also taken steps to install air pollution reduction devices such as diesel particulate filters on the vessels that are approaching their service life by 2030.This decision is very important and also reflective of the country’s initiative to strengthen the domestic and international environment regulations and reduce emissions produced by ships and ports.