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Indonesia to enforce sulfur regulations after all

Indonesia has decided to not exempt its ships from the upcoming sulfur requirements, the country's transport ministry says. Environmental alliance still fears resistance from countries, however, and appeals to banks and investors.

Photo: BAY ISMOYO/AFP / AFP

It caused quite a stir when Indonesia's Ministry of Transportation announced in early August that it would allow Indonesian ships to sail on fuel containing up to 3.5 percent sulfur in the country's waters after 2020 – even if the vessels are not equipped with scrubbers.

However, now it seems that Indonesia has turned around. Several media write that the country's transport ministry is now announcing that no ships – including Indonesian vessels – may sail on fuel with sulfur content exceeding 0.5 percent post-2020.

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