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Hong Kong tightens sulphur requirements

Hong Kong has tightened the sulphur requirements for bunker companies operating in the port. From now on the companies are barred from selling marine gas oil (MGS) with more than 0.05 percent sulphur, according to Sustainable Shipping.

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From now on bunker companies will have to pay more attention to the sulphur limit before entering the Port of Hong Kong. The port has just adopted a 0.05 percent sulphur limit that will come into force on April 1st 2014.

"Vessels operating on 0.05 percent MLD(marine light diesel) emit about 90 percent less sulphur dioxide (SO2) and 30 percent less respirable suspended particulates (RSPs) than those operating on 0.5 percent sulphur diesel," says Wong Kam-Sing, Hong Kong Secretary for the Environment, according to Sustainable Shipping.

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