Bremen and Bremerhaven Want to Ban Heavy Fuel Oil from Arctic

Port of Bremerhaven
Port of Bremerhaven

By MarEx 2018-03-08 19:39:13

The German ports Bremen and Bremerhaven have joined a campaign to ban heavy fuel oil from Arctic shipping - along with more than 80 companies, organizations, politicians, NGOs and explorers.

bremenports GmbH & Co. KG operates the twin ports Bremen and Bremerhaven which rank as the fourth busiest container port in Europe, and the world’s 16th biggest.

“bremenports is proud to sign up to the Arctic Commitment. 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.

“Sustainability is a central element in bremenport’s strategy,” said Howe. “We have implemented numerous projects under the label 'greenports', some of which have won international awards. In order to reduce local air pollution, we will soon bring into service a LNG-powered barge for dredged material. In addition, sustainability and environmental issues are integrated into bremenport’s public outreach.”

Launched at the Arctic Frontiers conference in January 2017 by the Clean Arctic Alliance - a coalition of non-governmental organizations - and expedition cruise ship operator Hurtigruten, the Arctic Commitment aims to protect Arctic communities and ecosystems from the risks posed by the use of heavy fuel oil, and calls on the IMO to ban it....

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