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Hong Kong preparing strict environmental requirements for shipowners

The authorities in Hong Kong, one of the most heavily trafficked shipping regions in the world, are debating whether to pass legislation requring that all container carriers that call in the port must use the expensive low sulfur fuel.

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Several shipping companies have signed a voluntary agreement with the government in Hong Kong, to continue using low sulfur fuel, but in return for extending the so-called Fair Winds Charter, which has a two year span, the shipping companies involved demand that the government adopt a six point plan that would require all shipping companies that call in the Port of Hong Kong to use the low sulfur fuel, though the fuel is more expensive. Now legislation could be in the pipeline for 2013, according to South China Morning Post. The Port of Hong Kong is one the most heavily trafficked container ports in the world.

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