The shipping industry is still waiting for the new rules on marine fuel oil to be finally clarified. Meanwhile, China is already moving toward adopting the 0.5 % sulphur limits, mainly at major ports along the Yangtze River. In 2016 five ports implemented the regulations and six more key ports are following towards the end of 2017. Last year the Chinese government started phasing-in regulations forcing ships to use fuels with low-sulphur content while at berth and near major Chinese ports as an estimated 18,000 premature deaths in China in 2013 were caused by air pollution from ocean-going ships.
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