Government calls for cleaner shipping

4th April 2008, Comments 0 comments

Deputy transport minister wants a cleaner shipping industry, with a strong emphasis on a reduction of air pollution.

4 April 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Deputy transport minister Tineke Huizinga wants a cleaner shipping industry, with a strong emphasis on a reduction of air pollution.

She said that in this respect shipping is lagging behind road transport. The deputy minister wants all ships sailing the North Sea to use clean fuels. Ships emitting too much sulphur should be banned by 2015. Ms Huizinga wants to conclude international agreements to this effect.

She is investigating the feasibility of higher port fees for polluting ships while cleaner ships would receive a discount. The deputy minister is discussing her plans with the port of Rotterdam, but wants North Sea ports in other countries to join her initiative.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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