The Clean Arctic Alliance calls on IMO Member States to discuss a proposal which considers “development of measures to reduce risks of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic waters”.
The International Council on Clean Transportation issued five briefing papers, prepared by PhD Bryan Comer, summarizing HFO use in the IMO Polar Code Arctic, for 2015. Analyzing data for the cruise sector, the paper reveals 40 of 62 cruise ships operated on HFO in the region in 2015, with most HFO-fueled cruise ships flying the Bahamas flag.
ICCT issued five briefing papers summarizing HFO use in the IMO Polar Code Arctic, for 2015. While ships registered in Russia consumed the most HFO by far in the region in 2015, followed by Denmark and South Korea, Russian-flagged fishing vessels emitted about 10 tonnes of BC, 10-times more than Denmark and South Korea.
There are eight Arctic states; however, ships that operate in the Arctic fly many flags. Summarizing the use and carriage of HFO in the IMO’s Polar Code Arctic by flag state, an ICCT report finds that Russian-flagged ships consumed the most HFO by far in the area in 2015, distantly followed by Canada and Denmark.
ICCT, issued five briefing papers summarizing HFO use in the IMO Polar Code Arctic, for 2015. Analyzing data per ship type, the paper noted there were 17 ship types operating in the area in 2015, with bulk carriers, fishing vessels, and general cargo vessels accounting for the greatest number of HFO-fueled ships.
The German ports Bremen and Bremerhaven have cooperated in a campaign to ban heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping, along with more than 80 companies, organisations, politicians, NGOs and explorers. bremenports signed the Arctic Commitment to eliminate heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping, and called other ports to join as well.
The Northern Sea Route saw a record volume of 9.7 million tons of cargo shipped last year, the biggest annual volume ever, according to the Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport. In 2016, it had been 7.3 million tonnes, which in turn presented an increase of 35% compared to 2015.
The Clean Arctic Alliance welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament Resolution on international ocean governance, and in particular its commitment towards ending the use of heavy fuel oil and its carriage in fuel tanks in Arctic shipping, Dr. Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, said.
An infographic published by Clean Arctic Alliance addresses the matter of heavy fuel oil. HFO one of the most hazardous materials as it increases the impact of oil spills and produces harmful air and climate pollutants.
The Clean Arctic Alliance has issued an infographic illustrating the real costs of HFO spills, identified as the major risk posed by Arctic shipping to the local environment, wildlife and communities. Heavy Fuel Oil is the highly viscous, residual product of crude oil refining, extremely toxic and slow to degrade.
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