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Canada’s ban on heavy fuel oils could come with a price – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 202413 Views

Jul 5, 2024

Ban intended to protect Arctic environment from spills; shippers say it could increase their costs

Sealift companies say they are still assessing the impact of Canada’s new ban on ships using or carrying heavy fuel oils while travelling in Arctic waters.

Canada’s ban, which took effect July 1, coincides with a United Nations prohibition on using those fuels in international Arctic waters, which was proposed in 2021 and implemented this month.

“Heavy fuel oil is tar-like, persistent, and the dirtiest fuel on the planet,” said Andrew Dumbrille, North America strategic and technical adviser for the Clean Arctic Alliance.

“It sticks around in the marine environment and emulsifies in the ocean’s surface, allowing it to spread to coastal shorelines, impacting many Inuit communities who depend on the ocean for food and harvesting.”

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