MAN Diesel & Turbo disappointed by new NOx deadline

It's a shame that the NOx emission requirements for shipping look set to be postponed from 2016 to 2021, says MAN Diesel & Turbo, which was ready to supply the relevant technology for reducing emissions.

The NOx requirements for ships' emissions were debated heavily at the IMO's meeting of the environmental committee MEPC last week. The meeting resulted in a decision to postpone the requirements from 2016 to 2021. The decision will be finalized if 2/3 of the countries vote in favor of the proposal at the next meeting of the MEPC, in March 2014. The decision will impact engine suppliers such as MAN Diesel & Turbo, where CEO in Denmark, Thomas S. Knudsen, is disappointed by the changes.

"We've invested a lot of money in Tier III technology, so it's a shame we won't get a chance to use that technology. A big part of our development efforts have been aimed at being ready for the requirements by 2016, which have now been changed, " he says, referring to the Tier III requirements established internationally in regards to engine emissions.

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