Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators Support Heavy Fuel Oil Ban

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) reconfirmed its support for an international ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO) for all ship traffic in the Arctic at its annual general meeting this week.

Currently, HFO is only banned in the nature reserves and the large national parks in Svalbard.

Such a ban would be beneficial to avoid the geographical differences, different national regulations as well as competitive differences between areas and among operators and would also be consistent with AECO’s objectives to support regulations with clear environmental benefits, the organization said.

Published November 17, 2016

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