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The UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) has confirmed that the global shipping industry will be required to burn fuel with less than 0.5% sulfur content beginning 1 January 2020, a sharp reduction from the 3.5% sulfur limit in place since 2012.
While the new ruling is not a shock – the 0.5% limit was first agreed in 2008 and a target date of 2020 was proposed – the IMO was also considering deferring the introduction date to 2025, depending on the results of a study completed recently.
IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim says reducing emissions of sulfur oxides from maritime vessels will “have a significant beneficial impact on the environment and on human health.” (CONTINUED - 722 WORDS)
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