Pragmatic Approach to 2020 Marine Fuel Standards

The United States is looking for a “pragmatic” approach to the implementation of new marine fuel emission rules that go into effect in 2020. Coast Guard official said on Thursday.

The United States will  develop a proposal or proposals with like-minded countries for a May 2019 meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) environmental body, Rear Admiral John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy for the Coast Guard, said on the sidelines of a conference in New York.

The IMO has set new rules that will ban ships from using fuels with a sulfur content above 0.5 percent from Jan. 1, 2020, compared with 3.5 percent now, unless they are equipped with scrubbers to clean sulfur emissions.

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