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Clarksons: American ECA has led to fuel shortage

The implementation of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA) on 1 August has increased demand on fuel with low sulphur content to an extent in which American authorities have had to grant shipping companies who are not able to get hold of the fuel safe passage according to Clarkson Research.

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According to Clarksons, the implementation of the North American ECA has led to a shortage of low sulphur fuel. This has prompted the American authorities to grant shipowners who have not been able to get hold of the fuel safe passage.

“The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that it will consider being lenient towards those owners who have been unable to comply with the new rules and have made a “best effort” to secure appropriate fuel”, Clarksons writes.

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