Friday, 06 July 2018 10:47

Mediterranean ECA a step closer

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A new study has been launched into the feasibility of implementing an emission control area (ECA) to limit the release of sulphur oxides (SOx) from ships in the Mediterranean Sea. The research is also expected to examine the potential health benefits for people living around Mediterranean, as well as cost implications for shipowners and other issues. The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) will be responsible for coordinating the study, which will investigate whether the Mediterranean Sea, or parts of it, can be marked as a SOx-ECA under IMO’s prevention of pollution convention (MARPOL) Annex VI.

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