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UN body to tackle ship pollutant limits

The world's top maritime body has tentatively agreed new sulphur limits for ship fuels, Reuters reported an industry source as saying on Thursday.
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The UN International Maritime Organisation at a major meeting in London this week discussed how countries can at best reduce harmful
ship pollutants and tackle climate changing gases.

"There will be a massive shake up for the refining industry," Reuters quoted Simon Bennett, secretary at the International Chamber of Shipping, as saying.

The world’s 50,000 ocean-going vessels, which carry more than 90% of the world’s traded goods by volume, currently mostly burn fuel oil
rich in sulphur. According to the plan, the report said, the global sulphur limit will be reduced to 3.5% by 2012 from the current 4.5%.

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