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Media: Danish minister ready to fight black alliance in shipping

The Danish government intends to fight the Russian-led crusade against green shipping, says Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Annette Vilhelmsen, to Danish engineer magazine Ingeniøren.

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The international cooperative efforts to reduce pollution from international shipping isn't exactly happening the way the Danish government would like it to, admits Danish Minister for Business and Growth Annette Vilhelmsen in an interview with magazine Ingeniøren.

At the most recent meeting of the IMO - the UN's international maritime committee - an alliance led by Russia, Greece, and Poland attacked two important environmental initiatives, which were otherwise ready to be implemented. And to everyone's surprise, the alliance was able to secure a majority in favor of disbanding a deadline for when ships must be "born" with ballast water cleaning systems, while also voting to postpone new, increased requirements for damaging NOx emissions from 2016 to 2021.

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