Summarizing MEPC 76

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The International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meetings wrapped up on June 17 after a week-long session. MEPC 76 addressed the shipping industry’s goals of achieving the IMO’s Initial Strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships by half by 2050, based on 2008 levels.  The IMO meeting summary notes that the MEPC agreed to ban the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) by ships in Arctic waters on and after July 1, 2024, adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex VI that will combine technical and operational approaches to improve the energy efficiency on ships, and added controls on the use of biocide cybutryne in Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships. Future work includes further discussion on a fuel levy and the proposed International Maritime Research Board.

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