Ships to be banned from carrying high-sulphur fuel while climate talks ‘stall’

A meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has agreed that ships will be prohibited from carrying high-sulphur fuel oil for propulsion or other on-board use

A meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has agreed that ships will be prohibited from carrying high-sulphur fuel oil for propulsion or other on-board use.

The amendment to the MARPOL treaty complements the incoming restriction on sulphur in fuel oil, tightening the current 3.5% limit to 0.5% from January 2020. The measure, agreed in 2008 and confirmed in 2016, will cut premature deaths from particulate pollution worldwide by around 570,000 by 2025, says the IMO.

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