The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has agreed that vessels equipped with approved scrubbing technology will be exempted from a 0.50% sulphur limit from early 2020 onwards, but some observers have warned the measure could increase dumping of heavy fuels in the sea.
At an IMO meeting last week in London, the UN’s shipping agency agreed an amendment that it said would “support consistent implementation” of the 0.50% limit on sulphur in ships that will apply from early 2020 onwards, replacing the current threshold of 3.5%.
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