The American Association of Port Authorities has welcomed the US’ adoption of Annex VI of Marpol after the Congress approved the H.R. 802, Maritime Pollution Prevention Act.
The AAPA has appealed avidly for the global treaty to limit pollutants including oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and oxides of sulphur (SOx), which now awaits final signatory authorisation from President Bush.
Rigorous new air emissions standards for all ships calling in US ports will result from the implementation of Annex VI of the IMO’s MARPOL convention.
Kurt Nagle, AAPA President and CEO said: “While land-based emissions and some marine emissions are the responsibility of the US Environmental Protection Agency, AAPA believes that an international process is the most effective for vessels, the majority of which are flagged in countries other than the US.
“Considering that emissions from ocean-going ships are predicted to grow by more than 70% over the next 15 years, it’s imperative that meaningful and effective air emissions standards be adopted to improve air quality,” he said.
Further amendments designed to reduce air emissions and pollutants from vessels have been negotiated by the EPA and US Coast Guard, with support from the AAPA and the World Shipping Council. Preliminary approval by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee was given at its meeting last April, with the hope to sanction the amendments at the Committee’s next meeting in London this October.