Recreational boats to become less polluting

The European Commission proposes stricter limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydrocarbons (HC) and particulate matter (PM) for new motor boats, sailing boats, jet skis and other recreational craft. In summer NOx concentrations of the six million or so recreational craft in the EU can be significant around big lakes and popular seashores. It is proposed that propulsion engines will be designed and constructed to emit 20 per cent less HC+NOx emissions and 34 per cent less particulate matter.

Source: European Commission press release, 26 July 2011

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Cruise line fined for breaching sulphur rules

A cruise ship operator has been fined EUR 30,000 for contravening European Union rules on the sulphur content of marine fuel. The 88,000 gross tonne Disney Magic was inspected this month while at berth in the Italian port of Naples, and it was found the ship was using a bunker fuel with a sulphur content in excess of an EU regulation that requires ships at berth to use fuel with a sulphur content of no more than 0.10 per cent, unless they are scheduled to be in port for less than two hours.

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