(BN) Shipping Regulator to Seek New Emissions Rules at Mexico Event


Shipping Regulator to Seek New Emissions Rules at Mexico Event
2010-11-25 12:26:37.492 GMT

By Alaric Nightingale
Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The International Maritime
Organization, a unit of the United Nations charged with
controlling ship pollution, will propose new rules that would
cut emissions from vessels at a meeting in Mexico.
The IMO will outline proposals to create mandatory ship-
efficiency management plans and an energy-efficiency design
index for newly constructed vessels during the United Nations
Climate Change conference in Cancun, Mexico, next week.
The proposals will then be considered for adoption by the
IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee when it meets in
July next year, the IMO said by e-mail today.
Shipowners are considering alternative fuels including
liquefied natural gas and nuclear power as the pressure to cut
pollution from the industry intensifies. The main fuel type for
merchant shipping presently is heavy fuel oil, the sludge left
over once crude oil has been processed into gasoline, jet fuel,
and other more valuable refined products.

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