Helcom seeks NOx controls on Baltic shipping

The Helsinki-based Helcom commission on the protection of the Baltic Sea is seeking to designate the region as a NOx emission control area (NECA) under the UN's Marpol convention. A proposal will be finalised at a meeting in March next year.

Helcom's maritime group meeting in Sweden last week decided to further study the economic impact of the proposal. The plan is expected to cut NOx emissions from ships in the Baltic by about 80% compared with current levels, and to substantially reduce eutrophication as a result, according to the commission.

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