The new 300bn won (US$269 million) facility is being constructed with the full support of the Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the local government and various research institutes.
The Korean Register, which is an IACS member society, is leading the project, in response to the International Maritime Organisation’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction and maritime pollution regulations.
The new centre will be 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 reportedly attracting significant interest from major shipyards.
It is hoped that the certification centre will become a global focus for green-ship equipment and machinery.
The centre will conduct inspections, certification, R&D and act as a test hub for new technologies.
KR chairman and CEO, Dr Chon Young-kee said: “We take our environmental obligations extremely seriously and we want to do all we can to encourage the maritime industry to be as green and clean as it can be.”