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IMO to Introduce New Air Pollution Rules for Vessels.

Environmental organization the Bluewater Network recently announced that the International Maritime Organization is scheduled to introduce new international air pollution regulations for ocean vessels in May 2005 that will set limits on ship exhaust emissions, bunker fuel content, onboard incineration and the release of ozone depleting substances (ODS).

According to Bluewater Network, the new rules retroactively apply to cargo, container, cruise and other sea-going vessels built since January 2000 and flagged by nations, including the U.S., that are party to the international treaty on shipping pollution known as MARPOL 73/78.

The Bluewater Network noted that the rules require a 12-percent reduction in smog-forming emissions from ships in U.S. waters by 2030, and set a global cap of 4.5 percent by mass (m/m) on the sulfur content of fuel oil.

"While these standards will not stop ships from blackening the air with diesel exhaust, it will provide a mechanism to begin ratcheting down engine emissions standards and requiring cleaner fuels in coastal waters," said Bluewater Network clean vessels campaign director Teri Shore. "However, international regulations take years to conclude, so we urgently need stronger national and state measures in the interim."

Contact: Teri Shore, Bluewater Network, phone 415-544-0790 ext 20.

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Title Annotation:International Maritime Organization
Publication:Mobile Emissions Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 22, 2004
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