As previously reported, HMM selected three compatriot shipbuilders, for the construction of its 20 eco-friendly mega container ships, under the company's ‘Capacity of 1 Million TEU’ strategy, and the Korean government’s ‘5 Year Plan for Rebuilding Korean Shipping’ plan.

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Samsung Heavy Industries are building seven and five 23,000 TEU container ships respectively, which are expected for delivery in the second quarter of 2020.

In addition, HMM selected the country's largest shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries, for eight 14,000 TEU container ships to be delivered in the second quarter of 2021.

The scrubber system delivery will include tailor-made hybrid scrubber systems for main engine and generator engines including auxiliary systems and automation.

The exhaust gas is washed with seawater in open loop mode and with recirculated water and alkali in closed loop mode.

The scrubber system deliveries will start in 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

As part of its efforts to comply with the 2020 sulphur cap, HMM announced last week the signing of a MoU to establish a win-win fund for scrubber installation and to seek cooperation in the shipping-related industries. The agreement ceremony took place on 21 March at the Korea Shipowner’s Association.