Seminar: The reduction of sulphur emissions from ships in the English Channel and the North Sea, Dunkirk, 22nd March 2013

Published by  6 March, 2013 9:47 am Leave your thoughts

CRPM - Région Nord Pas de CalaisThe Nord-Pas de Calais region, an AIVP member, and the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR), are organising a seminar on the Directive on the sulphur content of marine fuels that has recently been adopted by the European Union.

This Directive brings European law into line with a decision taken by the International Maritime Organisation (the IMO) in 2008. It imposes a drastic reduction on sulphur content, which as of 1st January 2015 will be capped at  0.1% within Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECAs) (the Baltic, the North Sea and the Channel), and at 0.5% from 1st January 2020 in all other European maritime areas.  This aims at reducing emissions of sulphur dioxide from ships, to which coastal populations are exposed and which are known to have a negative impact on human health and the environment.

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