EU tightens control of sulfur content in ship fuel

Better late than never. Two weeks after the introduction of new and tighter legislation concerning the allowed sulfur content in ships' emissions, the EU is now ready with increased controls.

The EU's new and tighter sulfur regulations for ships is about two weeks old, and now the member states have finally reached agreement on a deal for increased controls. This means that authorities will now be better at monitoring whether ships comply with the new regulations aimed at reducing sulfur emissions by 90 percent.

The agreement has the member states committing to performing frequent controls of the ships and taking fuel samples. They will also have to comply with rules stating how samples are taken from ships - and all control data must be reported to the EU Commission.

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