EU considers expanding list of banned discharges from ships

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The European Union is considering stricter measures to reduce pollution by expanding the list of materials banned as discharges from ships in European waters. The Transport and Tourism Committee has proposed several steps, including extending current EU rules on discharges to include sewage, garbage, and residues from scrubbers. This would build upon the existing rules that prohibit the discharge of oil and other noxious or polluting substances. The committee’s draft mandate aims to ensure that all international standards on preventing illegal discharges from ships, developed by the International Maritime Organization, become part of EU regulations. The proposal also includes measures to enhance enforcement and increase penalties for illegal discharges.

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