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Canadian Arctic sealift could be exempt from HFO ban until 2029 under IMO proposal – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 202054 Views

26 February 2020

“Effective, economic mitigation measures must be put in place so that Nunavummiut do not bear the costs,” says Nunavut minister

A subcommittee of the International Maritime Organization, after a meeting in London last week, is proposing a ban on heavy fuel oils in Arctic waters—with a proposed provision that could exempt Canadian Arctic sealift vessels from the new rules until July 1, 2029.

That appears to satisfy a demand from Canada that the IMO, the United Nations body that sets international standards for the global shipping industry, adopt a phased approach to the elimination of HFOs in Arctic regions.

In a post published on her Cryopolitics blog, Mia Bennett, a geography professor at the University of Hong Kong, said on the weekend that an IMO working group recommended in a report to the organization’s environmental subcommittee last week that HFOs be banned in the Arctic by July 1, 2024.

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