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IMO states urged to back HFO ban in Arctic at MEPC 72

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”.

HFO use by cruise ships in IMO Polar Code Arctic

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. 

HFO use by fishing vessels in IMO Polar Code Arctic

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.

HFO use by flag state in IMO Polar Code Arctic

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.

HFO use in Arctic by ship type

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. 

Bremen, Bremerhaven Ports sign up to Arctic Commitment

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.

Record cargo volumes shipped on Northern Sea Route in 2017

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.

Clean Arctic Alliance welcomes EU’s initiative to end HFO in Arctic

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.

The HFO danger for the Arctic

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.

Arctic oil spills: Cost assessment

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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