Eco-friendly ships sail ahead

One solution for the drawn-out recession in the shipbuilding industry could be more environmentally-friendly ships, experts say. They are encouraging local shipbuilders to put forth more effort to develop fuel-efficient, “green” vessels.

From next year, the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) will be implemented to regulate gas-guzzling ships worldwide. The index indicates the amount of carbon dioxide emissions of a ship by number.

The International Maritime Organization has been discussing measures to slash carbon dioxide emissions exhausted by ships since 2008. It will impose even tighter rules from 2015, demanding a 10 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions every five years for every ship.

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