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Hundreds of ships' fuel to be checked in North Europe

EU members states have agreed to perform controls on 10 percent of all ships that call in EU ports every year in an effort to enforce the sulfur regulations. The effort will be tightened further from 2016.

Photo: Port of Antwerp

Plenty of ships will be controlled in 2015 for a very specific purpose, namely to check whether the ships are complying with the new sulfur emission regulations. According to the EU's new rules, member states must perform controls on 10 percent of all ships calling in European ports, check their logs and the so-called bunker delivery note.

These controls apply to individual ships, and not ships that call in the same port several times. From 2016 the rules will add another layer, requiring member states, depending on their location, to take fuel samples from the ships.

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