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IMO agrees to global sulfur ban

The ban on carrying high-sulfur fuel on board vessels was approved by the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee on Friday. This could strengthen enforcement of the global sulfur cap, authorities say.

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Shipping's greenhouse gas emissions was not the only issue on the agenda last week when the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee, MEPC, gathered in London.

The proposal to bar ships from sailing on fuel with sulfur content exceeding 0.5 percent was also addressed and was approved by the member states with significant support. And according to Maria Skipper Schwenn, director at association Danish Shipping, this marks a big step in the right direction toward efficient enforcement of the sulfur directive.

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