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Canada pushes to rid Arctic shipping of heavy fuel oil – NunatsiaqOnline

by ahnationtalk on July 13, 201774 Views

“We have an opportunity now to end the use of this toxic substance while levels of ship traffic are still relatively low”

July 13, 2017

Use of controversial heavy fuel oil by ships travelling through Arctic waters could be phased out or at least capped by International marine regulators.

HFO, or bunker oil, has been banned for use in Antarctic waters and is restricted in Norwegian water, because of its significant environmental impact on polar pollution.

Yet the fuel is still used widely by the shipping industry.

“Seventy-five per cent of the volume of ship fuel is heavy fuel oil. A little less than 50 per cent of the ships actually use it, but by volume it’s the highest in the Arctic,” WWF-Canada sustainable shipping specialist Andrew Dumbrille told Nunatsiaq News, July 10.

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