Danish Maritime Authority: IMO decision hurts the entire industry

The Danish Maritime Authority believes that the IMO's decision last week to postpone deadlines for the ballast water and NOx requirements hurts shipping companies as well as subcontractors. The Russians were wrong, says the authority.

The smoke hasn't quite settled after last week's dramatic IMO meeting in London. The surprising decisions about postponing the deadlines for installing ballast water cleaning systems and postponing the NOx requirements from 2016 to 2021 will have consequences for both shipping companies and subcontractors alike, says the Danish Maritime Authority, which participated in the meeting.

What prior to the meeting looked like a validation of the set dates for limiting NOx emissions from 2016 turned into a postponement as Russia intervened and secured a majority in favor of a postponement. The Russians believe the technology available - or the prospective technology -  is questionable, which led countries such as Greece and Poland to vote in favor of a postponement. But records state that the Danish Maritime Authority believes that Russia had its facts mixed up:

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