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Ship Regulator Clamps Down on Dirty Fuel in Mediterranean

  • Fuel sulfur limit of 0.1% likely to apply from spring of 2025
  • Lower sulfur emissions to benefit people and environment
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Shipping’s global regulator ruled that vessels must slash the sulfur content of fuel used for voyages in the Mediterranean Sea, as part of wider efforts to clean up the industry.

The maximum allowed sulfur content of marine fuel in the region will drop to 0.1%, likely from the spring of 2025, a spokesperson for the International Maritime Organization said. The decision, made at this week’s virtual IMO meeting, sets a tighter limit than the current global mandate, and will reduce air pollution, benefiting human health and the environment.