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Norwegian Maritime Authority mulls scrubber ban in fjords

08 Nov 2018

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) says it plans to introduce even stricter regulations for vessels travelling in the world heritage fjords through a new proposed regulation.

In detail, it is recommending fuel used on ships plying the fjords to have a sulphur content of maximum 0.10% by weight; while exhaust gas cleaning systems in these areas, including both open, closed and hybrid systems, are to be prohibited.

In practice, this means the use of heavy fuel oil in the world heritage fjords will be banned and ships that currently use heavy fuel oil combined with an exhaust gas cleaning system will have to use marine diesel instead when sailing in the world heritage fjords.

“Experience shows that today’s cleaning systems emit visible smoke emissions, and some systems also generate discharges to sea,” says Bjørn Pedersen, Head of Department of Legislation and International Relations in the NMA. 

“Even if the visible smoke is partly water vapour, it has a negative impact on people’s experiences of our world heritage fjords.”

The new proposal also lays down the possibility of exemption from the Tier I NOx requirements to be met by 2020 for ships that can document that they will satisfy the strictest NOx requirements (Tier III) by 2022, i.e. three years before the deadline.

“The government wishes to reduce the emissions and discharges from cruise ships. Stricter requirements for ships in the world heritage fjords would be a step in the right direction,” says Minister of Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen.

Editor: Interested readers can find out more details of the proposed regulation here.

Photo credit: Norwegian Maritime Authority 
Published: 8 November, 2018


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