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Middle East Shipping Hub Pledges Gentle Start to New 2020 Fuel Rules

  • Nation’s ports won’t immediately detain ships or issue fines
  • Strict global enforcement may take up to two years: authority

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The world’s oil tanker owners can breathe a sigh of relief: a vital Middle East shipping hub is going to start enforcing sweeping new rules on the sulfur content in vessel fuel gradually.

The United Arab Emirates will start by taking a flexible approach toward those ships that breach the environmental regulations when they enter into force on Jan. 1, Federal Transport Authority Chairman Abdullah Al Nuaimi said in an interview.