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NGO demands similar regulation in both poles

The ban on heavy fuel oil which applies to the Antarctic should also apply to the Arctic, the NGO Transport & Environment states in a report.

Photo: Christian Florian / DMI

The ban on operating on Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) in the Antarctic should be expanded to also include the Arctic, the NGO Transport & Environment thinks. The risks of using the heavy oil for Arctic shipping are simply too big, the NGO states in a report on the environmental consequences of Arctic shipping.

“The best way to protect the Arctic against the risks linked to HFO is to apply the precautionary principle and mandate vessels to use lighter distillate fuels. Such a ban has already been adopted in the Antarctic by the parties to the Antarctic Treaty System and was confirmed by the IMO in 2010”, Transport & Environment states.

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