Single-hull phaseout accelerated in IMO compromise

Ridding the world's seas of single-hull tankers took a decisive step forward early last month when the International Maritime Organization's marine environment protection committee announced agreement among shipping countries on phasing out the tankers by 2010. The new rules take effect Apr. 5, 2005, earlier than the previous 2007 date, with the banning of all Category 1 vessels, defined as single-hull crude and product carriers without MARPOL segregated ballast tanks (SBT). (MARPOL refers to the International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships.) As such vessels come up for their anniversary dates in 2005, they will be banned from use.In his analysis, S. Magnus F...

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