Bimco: Russia had a point when postponing NOx rules

If Russia had not decided to oppose the NOx regulations, there might not have been any future NECA zones, says Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General of Bimco. "The best solution has been reached," he tells ShippingWatch.

Russia had a point when the country, two years ago, opposed the then-regulations for ships' emission of nitrous oxide (NOx) in the so-called NECA zones, says Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General of shipping organization Bimco.

It was recently revealed that the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea are nearing agreement on a NECA zone, a topic that has been subject to heavy debate among the countries, as they need to be in sync with each other in order to be able to submit an application to the IMO for the emission control areas. Denmark, in particular, has criticized Russia for delaying the efforts. But the Russians actually had a sound reason, explains Lars Robert Pedersen.

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