South Korea to work on LPG-propelled ships
On January 31, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced that it had approved the vessel inspection regulations of the Korean Register of Shipping concerning LPG-propelled vessels.
Ship forms will now be constructed in South Korea in order to reduce environmental pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% and 18%, respectively.
LNG, one of the most well-known eco-friendly oils, is lighter than air and relatively safe for incidents such as fires.
With regard to the reuse of evaporation gas that is naturally produced in cargo tanks, the initial demand for LNG was strong. As a result, international and domestic agreements have already developed shipbuilding requirements related to LNG propulsion.
Then, with demand for safe eco-friendly fuels growing as a result of technological advances, international agreements have been updated to allow another gas, such as LPG, to be used as a ship fuel, given that it is in terms of safety comparable to LNG.
In this context, in December last year, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries revised its regulations to allow liquefied gas cargoes, including LPG, to be used as shipping fuels.
Maritime Business World