"Planning and Design Center for Greener Ships" is a core organization established to plan and propose ships on a continuing basis through integration of the accumulated expertise of Japan's shipbuilding industry.

On December 10, a presentation was held in Yokohama to announce the establishment of Planning and Design Center for Greener Ships.

Initially, the Center will strive to prepare a detailed proposal on next-generation ships that will reduce GHG emissions, in a quest to achieve the medium to long-range targets of the IMO.

A total of nine domestic shipbuilders, including Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, together with ClassNK, have already joined or announced intent to join the Center. Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, recently became a member.

Together with other members of domestic shipbuilders, going forward Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will pursue development of advanced environmental performance-enhancing technologies for the era of carbon neutrality, targeting near-zero carbon emissions, and engage in activities focusing on research and development related to commercialization of next-generation greener ships.

Going forward, further participation will be sought among domestic companies involved in marine business, shipping companies, trading houses and other entities supporting the Center's aims.