KRISO to Build World’s First Modular Test Ship for Sea Trials,
Leading Development in Eco-Friendly Ship Technology
▶ Contract to build 1MW grade test ship for sea trials, to research and demonstrate core technologies in eco-friendly shipping
▶ AIP for the world’s first green ship testbed obtained on the 6th
□ The Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean engineering (President Booki Kim, hereinafter KRISO) is developing a novel sea trial test ship that will become a testbed for a new generation of eco-friendly vessel technology.
□ KRISO announced on the 16th that construction of the 1 MW grade eco-friendly ship technology sea trial test ship (K-GTB*) will commence at Hankookmade (CEO Jonggeun Choi) located in Mokpo, Jeollanam-do Province to perform research and collect performance data based on demonstrative trials.
□ The 2,600 DWT grade sea trial test ship will be the world’s first modular sea trial test ship for carbon neutral technology, used to test the performance and effectiveness of new eco-friendly fuel and propulsion technologies, products and services.
□ In particular, it will support the testing and track record accumulation of eco-friendly ship fuel systems such as MW grade ship batteries, carbon-neutral dual fuel engines (LNG-ammonia, LPG-ammonia etc.) as well as electrical systems and eco-friendly ship equipment such as propulsion motors, switchboards, and inverters/converters etc.
□ The features of K-GTB will also go beyond track record accumulation for individual components, to cover performance evaluation of entire propulsion systems (fuel→distribution→motor) used in eco-friendly ships. The goal is for K-GTB to become a total provider of testing services in eco-friendly ship technologies.
□ KRISO obtained the Approval in Principle (AIP) for the test ship which can be used to evaluate a variety of eco-friendly propulsion systems from the Korean Register of Shipping on the 6th.
□ At present, the testing and demonstration of eco-friendly ship technologies in Korea follow European practices, with specialized test ships being constructed for each test engine and system, making it both costly and time consuming. With the construction of K-GTB, it will be possible to test many different propulsion systems without constructing a new ship each time, making the process much more efficient.
□ The K-GTB, currently being developed by KRISO, is part of the‘Development of 1MW Grade Eco-friendly Alternative Fuel Sea Trial Technology’ project, funded by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. The project will begin with full design and engineering as well as steel cutting in 2022, followed by launching in 2023, and test operation and test sailing in 2024. K-GTB will be based in Namhang, Mokpo and used in core eco-friendly ship technology testing from 2025 onwards.
□ KRISO President Booki Kim commented, “K-GTB is highly significant as the world’s only ship that can be used to test a variety of eco-friendly ship systems,”adding, “as Korea’s only government funded research institute in the shipping and shipbuilding field, we will continue to conduct groundbreaking R&D in line with industry needs and government policies, to open a new era of eco-friendly ships.”
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