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Will Russia succeed in postponing the NOx regulations?

It is far from certain that the emission of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from shipping will be reduced in 2016. Intense lobbying efforts are currently underway ahead of the IMO meeting on March 31st to block Russia's proposed postponement to 2021.

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It remains a completely open question whether the regulations concerning nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from the shipping industry will come into force from 2016, or whether the regulations will be pushed to 2021. And for the shipping industry, enormous consequences are currently at stake.

Until the meetings of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in the first week of April are over, no one can rest assured, and stake-holders on both sides of the matter are right now engaged in intense efforts to secure a majority of supporters.

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