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30 October 2018

As the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73) closed  on 26 October in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance and indigenous groups welcomed the support given by member states to commence work on developing a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters.

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28 November 2017

Today Members of the Environment Committee of the European Parliament called for a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic. Heavy fuel oil is the cheapest marine fuel and accounts for three quarters of all fuel carried in the fuel tanks of ships sailing in the Arctic. Heavy fuel oil is also one of the world’s dirtiest fuels, a waste product of the refining process. It is almost impossible to clean up in the event of a spill, and produces high levels of black carbon when burnt. Black carbon emissions accelerate the melting of Artic ice and contribute to climate change. Given the severe risks that heavy fuel oil poses to polar environments, the international shipping community has already banned its use in the Antarctic. It is now time to extend that ban to the Arctic.

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07 July 2017

London, July 7, 2017:- As the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) concluded  today, the Clean Arctic Alliance, of which Seas At Risk is member, welcomed the support from Member States for a proposal to identify measures which will mitigate the risks posed by the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic waters, and called on the IMO to work towards a swift conclusion of the work. (1)

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03 July 2017

As the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 71) opens today in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance, of which Seas At Risk is member, called on IMO member states to support a Canadian proposal to mitigate the risks posed by the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic waters (1).

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07 June 2017

Governments must implement tighter marine pollution controls or risk further degradation of the oceans, fish stocks and precious ecosystems, the UN is warning this week. Countries are being asked to support a ‘zero draft’ Call To Action at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference in New York that calls for an acceleration of “actions to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds”. 

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10 May 2017

A major new study by the International Coalition for Clean Transportation has concluded that the environmental and economic risks of an oil spill of heavy fuel oil (HFO), are much higher than the savings associated with keeping using this fuel.to power ships in the Arctic

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28 April 2017

This document is a submission to the International Maritime Organisation, (marine environment protection committee, 71st session) by the Clean Shipping Coalition, of which Seas At Risk is member. It summarizes the key findings of a new report on the economic and environmental trade-offs of using alternative fuels (distillate and LNG) instead of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic.

 

28 April 2017

This document summarizes the key findings of a new report on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil and black carbon emissions from ships in the Arctic in 2015 and projections to 2020 and 2025.

31 March 2017

This document highlights recent developments regarding the future of Arctic shipping and the comparative costs of using heavy fuel oil versus alternative fuels.

 

 

25 November 2016

This document has been submitted to the International Maritime Organisation, sub-committee on pollution prevention and response. It summarizes the views of the co-sponsors on measuring Black Carbon and acknowledges a range of possible measures for controlling emissions of Black Carbon. The co-sponsors believe that there is an urgent need for action on control measures to reduce Black Carbon emissions in order to address the impact on the Arctic of emissions of Black Carbon from international shipping.

 

10 November 2016

By recognising the threats posed by spills and black carbon emissions from heavy fuel oil (HFO) the recent 70th session of the International Maritime Organisation’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC70) took a first significant step towards the phase out of this dirty fuel from ships sailing in Arctic waters. 

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