Hyundai Heavy Industries has developed the world’s first marine engine that meets new global emission standards set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The 16,680hp engine reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 15% and meets the IMO’s tier 2 requirement of limiting NOx emissions to 14.4g per 1kW/h, according to the company.

Under new regulations, ships built from 1 January 2011 must be installed with marine engines compliant with the emissions targets.

The engine has been delivered to Yangfan Shipyard, China, for a 92,000t bulk carrier, the shipbuilder said.