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Maersk calls for HK ban on dirty ship fuel [Hong Kong]

Author: Malaya [Philippines], Published on: 17 January 2013

Hong Kong’s…pollution is accountable for more than 3,000 deaths every year, according to a Bloomberg report…Hong Kong academic studies have mainly blamed bunker-fuel-run vessels…Along with 17 other carriers, Maersk Line has voluntarily used low-sulfur oil for the last two years in a government-sponsored incentive scheme. But voluntary schemes are not enough, said Smith [Maersk Line’s North Asia CEO], calling instead for regulation…Simon Ng of the Civic Exchange [predicted]…Rising emissions from ships, which burn heavily polluting bunker fuel, will have seen shipping overtake the power industry as the biggest source of the colorless toxic gas sulphur dioxide last year…Nearly 400 Hong Kong people died last year from breathing in pollution from bunker fuel alone, he added…

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Related companies: Maersk (part of A.P. Moller - Maersk)