Shipbuilders under pressure to make industry cleaner (3)

20:16, June 04, 2010      

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Tan Zuojun, general manager of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), said at the seminar that the conglomerate was striving to make progress in research into and development of the core technologies for the next generation of green, environment-friendly and safe ships.

"That is responding to demand from China and the rest of the world to build a low-carbon and sustainable economy," said Tan.

Citing the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, Tan said, "The incident reminds China's shipbuilding sector and maritime industry in large, that in the process of exploring the ocean, we are obligated to take environmental protection and human lives into consideration, to produce safe and environment-friendly maritime equipment to make our lives better."

At least 20 million gallons of oil has leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, affecting more than 110km of coastline after the explosion and sinking of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April.

Last year, the CSSC surpassed the 10 million dwt mark for the first time, reaffirming its position as China's most productive shipbuilding group.

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