German sulfur survey: Almost everyone doing it right

A German survey of ships sailing in the northern part of the Elbe shows that almost all of the ships comply with the sulfur directive. As such, there was no pressing need to worry about compliance, says CEO of the German Shipowners' Association, Ralf Nagel.

Hamborg Havn ved Elben | Photo: Hamborg Havn

The German The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt für Seeschfiffahrt und Hydrographie) has performed a survey of sulfur emissions from ships sailing in the river Elbe in Germany - specifically on the stretch between the North Sea and Hamburg, which is also covered by the ECA requirements.

The conclusion in a report published on Wednesday is clear: almost all the ships comply with the sulfur directive. More precisely, 95 percent of the ships comply with the 0.1 percent sulfur content requirements for ships' emissions, while the remaining five percent of the ships come very close to complying with the directive, only failing because of technical issues.

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