Russia may throttle back in adopting rules for cleaner ship fuel

Russia considers pushing back local adoption of 0.5 percent sulfur cap in order to "prevent financial pressure" on the country's shipowners, says Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

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Russia, one of the largest producers of the world’s favorite ship fuel, may delay local adoption of more stringent rules targeting air pollution from commercial vessels.

Ship owners and operators worldwide are preparing to switch to using fuel oil with a sulfur content of no more than 0.5 percent starting Jan. 1, when the new International Maritime Organization rules take effect. But Russia’s energy and transportation ministries are looking to postpone the stricter standards for vessels operating within the country and four other former Soviet republics until 2024, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in response to questions sent by Bloomberg.

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