Shipowners meet Russians halfway on NOx rules

A few weeks before Russia's proposal to postpone the NOx regulations will be treated by the MEPC, the Danish Shipowners' Association opens the door for the first time for a potential compromise.

A short while before the next meeting of the IMO's environmental committee, the MEPC, the Danish Shipowners' Association opens the door for a possible compromise in relation to the NOx regulations - regulations that Russia are trying to change. This happens after the shipowners have spent more than six months fighting hard for an implementation of the Tier III regulations in 2016, as has been the plan all along until Russia secured support for its proposal to push the rules to 2021.

The final decision will now be made at the MEPC meeting in late March, and at this meeting it could ultimately make sense to reach a compromise, says chief consultant Maria Bruun Skipper, though she stresses that 2016 remains the top priority. The statement comes after the EU, according to ShippingWatch's information, has abandoned its efforts to reach a joint EU stance against the Russians and the other supporters of the postponement, including EU countries such as Poland, Malta, and Greece.

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