German ports support heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic
The German Ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven have joined an ambitious campaign to a ban heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping along with more than 80 companies, organisations, politicians, NGOs and explorers.
bremenports GmbH & Co. KG said by joining the Arctic Commitment campaign it’s calling on other ports to join it in its call to the IMO to enact the ban because sustainability is a central element in its strategy.
“Heavy fuel oil has no place in Arctic shipping. We are calling on other ports to join us on calling on the IMO to enact a ban on its use in Arctic waters”, said Robert Howe, CEO of bremenports GmbH & Co. KG.
Mr Howe said that sustainability and environmental issues are integrated into bremenport’s public outreach programme.
He said that it is more than doing its bit at home as well in order to reduce local air pollution. It’s soon bringing into service a LNG-powered barge for dredged material.
The Arctic Commitment was launched at the Arctic Frontiers conference in January 2017 by the Clean Arctic Alliance, which is a coalition of non-governmental organisations and expedition cruise ship operator Hurtigruten.
In July 2017, the Clean Arctic Alliance welcomed action being taken by IMO member states to start work to identify measures to mitigate the risks of HFO spills, during the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting (MEPC71).
“We hope to see other ports join Bremenports in becoming Arctic Commitment signatories, to help build understanding of the HFO problem, and increase the momentum to end its use by Arctic shipping,” said Dr Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance.
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