The Busan Port Authority (BPA) has begun a joint study with the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) on the impact of pollutants generated from vessels on air quality.
The Port said it concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with KIOST and the Busan Metropolitan City Public Health and Environment Research Institute from April 2020 to identify the current status and characteristics of fine dusts coming the facilities and vessels.
From June 2021, the BPA is planning to measure the emissions from operating vessels using the KIOST’s OP -FTIR equipment and analyse the impact of the pollutants on the port area in Busan.
Major contents of the joint study will include measuring emissions concentration of operating vessels using the long-distance OP-FTIR equipment and calculating the amount based on the measurement and analysing the impact of operating vessel emissions on the port area in Busan.
Based on the study, BPA and KOST will be able to identify the impact of operating vessel emissions on the port area, which are considered to be the major cause of air pollution in the port area and use the data to establish measures to improve the port air quality.
BPA CEO Nam Ki-chan said, “We are pleased to conduct a joint study with KIOST, located in the Busan Marine Industry Cluster, to contribute to the community development and shared growth.
“We will work to identify the cause of air pollution in the port area and come up with measures to reduce air pollution.”