IMO supports global sulfur ban

A majority in the IMO is backing a ban on carrying illegal fuel on board vessels from 2020. The ban will need to be formally adopted in October and the broad support suggests that it will likely become a reality in March 2020.

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It could soon be prohibited to sail with illegal fuel on board vessels.

Member countries in the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO) raised and backed a proposal this week that would make it illegal to sail with high-sulfur fuel on board vessels after 2020, unless the vessel has a scrubber installed to cleanse emissions.

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