IMO GROUP APPROVES ENHANCED DESIGN RULES FOR TANKERS

A committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved ship design rules aimed at reducing the risk of oil spills from tankers. The approval by IMO's maritime environment protection committee (MEPC) assures that the next generation of tankers will have double hulls or, despite reservations by the U.S., middeck or other designs that offer protection against pollution equal to that provided by double hulls.

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