Ban of Heavy Fuel Oil in Arctic shipping continues
IMO continues its efforts to adopt a ban of Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic by 2021 during a meeting in London.
Ships engaged in securing the safety of ships, or in search and rescue operations, and ships dedicated to oil spill preparedness and response would be exempted.
In the halls of the IMO, the seventh session of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR7) convened.
HFO, also called residual fuel oil, is a leftover product of the refining process and is an extremely viscous type of fuel. It represents a large source of harmful emissions of air pollutants, such as sulphur oxide, and particulates, including black carbon.
“With the countdown to a ban on HFO use and carriage as fuel by Arctic shipping now ticking away, the Clean Arctic Alliance welcomes the progress made this week at PPR 6. Today, we are one-step closer to improving the protection of the Arctic, its people and wildlife,” said Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance.
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