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The German Maritime LNG Platform has signed the Arctic Commitment, placing pressure on the IMO to bann Heavy Fuel Oils from the Arctic

By means of a background to this article, the Clean Arctic Alliance (CAA) is a proactive international coalition of non-governmental groups campaigning for an International Maritime Organization (IMO) ban on Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) from all Arctic shipping activities. The German Maritime LNG Platform is an interest coalition of nearly 100 members and partners from the maritime sector both in Germany and abroad. Its objective is the establishment of a cleaner and more sustainable shipping sector through the use of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) to substantially reduce pollutant emissions like SOx, NOx, CO2 and particulate matter (PM).

Off Radar learned recently that the German Maritime LNG Platform has now signed the Arctic Commitment, thereby joining a group of organizations, politicians, companies and certain Expedition Cruise Lines that all call for a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic shipping.

The German partner of the alliance is the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) and they in addition to CAA welcome this news. The belief is that changing to cleaner alternatives such as LNG, the shipping community has an opportunity to voluntarily show leadership towards a sustainable environmental future, noting that an IMO ban may be a reality down the line.

The IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee will meet in July 2017 an it’s widely believed that pressure will be placed on decisive action to clean up Arctic shipping.
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