Cleaner air thanks to cleaner shipping

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MSC Oscar aankomst Aeroview D03-03-15-53A study by the DCMR Rotterdam Environmental Protection Agency shows that the air in the western part of Rotterdam’s port area contains around 20% less SO² (sulphur dioxide) than in 2014.

This improvement is the result of the cleaner fuel that shipping has been forced to use in the North Sea and when entering the port since the start of this year.

As of 1st January 2015, the SECA (Sulphur Emission Control Area) in the North Sea area has become more stringent. The maximum sulphur content of the fuel that sea-going vessels are permitted to use in the SECA has been reduced from 1% to 0.1%.