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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Germany supports speedy revision of Annex VI and a clean-up of ships fuels

Germany's National Maritime Day last week in Emden saw Karin Roth, Germany's Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, unite with the German Shipowners' Association [Verband Deutscher Reeder (VDR)]  to endorse  a 'speedy revision' of the MARPOL Annex VI Convention (on air pollution from ships) with a view to phasing out the use of residual fuel on ships 'in the medium term' over the next ten years (i.e. by end 2016) and changing over to cleaner distillate fuels on ships worldwide.

 

The VDR, representing one of the largest merchant fleets in the world, has already endorsed the lowering of the global cap on the sulphur content of fuel from 4.5% today to 3% in 2012 and to 1.5% in 2016, and its environmental charter, of which this is part, is a clear sign of its willingness to cooperate with Germany's Federal Government, which currently holds the presidency of the EU Council and which is a keen supporter of the fast and effective revision of Annex VI.

 

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