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IMO clamps down on dirty fuel in Mediterranean

Most likely from 2025, the maximum of sulfur content allowed in marine fuel used on sailings in the Mediterranean Sea will drop to 0.1%. Decision was made at last week’s IMO meeting.

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Shipping’s global regulator ruled that vessels must slash the sulfur content of fuel used for voyages in the Mediterranean Sea, as part of wider efforts to clean up the industry.

The maximum allowed sulfur content of marine fuel in the region will drop to 0.1%, likely from the spring of 2025, a spokesperson for the International Maritime Organization said. The decision, made at last week’s virtual IMO meeting, sets a tighter limit than the current global mandate, and will reduce air pollution, benefiting human health and the environment.

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