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Shipowners: EU sulfur requirements pose major challenges

The European Parliament’s adoption of sulfur limit requirements on Tuesday poses significant challenges for the shipping industry, says the Danish Shipowners’ Association.

The shipowners’ association is generally pleased with the new sulfur requirements adopted by the EU on Tuesday but beleives more needs to be done on the enforcement needs to keep them from having an unfair and distortive effect on the competition, says Maria Bruun Skipper, chief consultant at the Danish Shipowners’ Association, to ShippingWatch. She fears that short sea shipping could be hit particularly hard if the EU fails to solve these issues.

On Tuesday, the EU adopted requirements stating that the amount of sulfur in ship fuel must be lowered to 0.5 percent in all EU waters - except for the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and the English Channel - by 2020. Furthermore, the EU agreed to follow the IMO rule requiring a maximum sulfur level of 0.1 percent for the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and the English Channel by 2015.

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