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EVO pleads for delay Sulphur Directive shipping

Date: 09/10/2011

Mid-July, the European Commission has introduced a number of amendments to meet the new sulphur regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). EVO calls on the European transport minister and the European Parliament to vote against these amendments and calls for postponing the Sulphur Directive.

From 2015 the IMO wants to limit emissions to a maximum of 0.1 percent of sulphur for shipping in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and the English Channel, but globally only from 2020 a maximum of 0.5 percent will be applicable.

EVO is against this accelerated introduction of stricter requirements. The organization fears a negative effect on the climate, and competitiveness of ports in northwest Europe.

EVO calls for postponement of the 0.1 percent sulphur rule from 2015 to 2020. This delay ensures that companies in the maritime industry have sufficient time to take compensatory measures.

Sailing on fuel with a sulphur content of 0.1 percent requires a substantial investment. Globally, the sulphur content in fuel for ships is currently 4.5 percent.

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