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Norway considers scrubber ban in world heritage fjords

Oslo - The Norwegian Maritime Authority, NMA, the government agency responsible for shipping’s environmental and safety standards in Norway, has proposed to ban the use of scrubbers in the world heritage fjords

Oslo - The Norwegian Maritime Authority, NMA, the government agency responsible for shipping’s environmental and safety standards in Norway, has proposed to ban the use of scrubbers in the world heritage fjords.

The proposal included, among other things, stricter sulphur requirements for the areas, stricter requirements for NOx emissions, prohibition against the discharge of sewage, regulations on the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems and requirement for an environmental instruction. It concerns the Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and Tafjord.

The NMA asks that fuel being used on ships in the world heritage fjords must have a sulphur content of maximum 0.10% by weight. Additionally, a prohibition against the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems, so called scrubbers, in these areas is being proposed, including open, closed and hybrid systems.

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