Commissioner: Sulphur reduction fixed at 2015

Even though the European Commissioner for transport, Siim Kallas, sympathises with the small short sea companies, the deadline for sulphur reduction to 0.1 % is clear: January 1 2015.

On one hand the Vice-President for the European Commission and Commissioner for transport, Siim Kallas has a wish that the European shipping companies will do financially well and especially in a time like this when it is affected by the recent years of crisis.

On the other hand, the EU Commission has to stick together, and thus Siim Kallas has to support the Danish Commissioner for climate, Connie Hedegaard, concerning the future regulation on fuel sulphur content. In the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, the content of sulphur in exhaust gasses must not surpass 0.1 percent from 1 January 2015. This is likely to affect the small feeder companies and other short sea routes in the area.

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