Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) carriage ban for Arctic waters nearing compliance date

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From July 1, 2024, the use or carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) as domestic fuel in bunker tanks will be prohibited in Arctic waters, with exceptions for certain types of ships. These exceptions include vessels engaged in safety, search and rescue, or oil spill preparedness and response operations. Ships subject to specific regulations may use and carry HFO until July 1, 2029, and temporary waivers may apply for ships operating in domestic waters under the sovereignty or jurisdiction of their flag state until the same date. Cleaning or flushing of bunker tanks or pipelines after using HFO in preparation for Arctic operations is not mandated. HFO carried as cargo on tankers is not affected by this regulation.

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