Call for Arctic ban on heavy fuel oil

Members of the European Parliament have called for an international ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil on vessels operating in the Arctic, like that which is to apply to the Antarctic from August 2011, and ask the EU to impose a strict regime limiting soot emissions and the use of heavy fuel oil by vessels calling at EU ports prior to voyages through Arctic waters.

Source: European Parliament, 20 January 2011.

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