Decision on NECAs in the Baltic due in October

Countries surrounding the Baltic Sea will decide on when to apply to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the creation of a Nitrogen Oxides Emission Control Area (NECA) at a ministerial meeting of Helcom, the Helsinki-based commission for the protection of the Baltic Sea, to be held in October.

Helcom has thoroughly analysed and for some years now debated a possible Baltic NECA, but economic and technical concerns from some countries have repeatedly delayed making a decision.

From 2016, all new ships sailing within designated NECAs will have to meet IMO’s Tier III NOx emission standards, which require NOx emissions to be cut by about 75 per cent compared to the current generally applicable Tier II standards.

Source: ENDS Europe Daily, 1 February 2013

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