Global shipping launches major rejig to adopt fuel with low sulphur content. Global air crash deaths fell by more than 50% last year.
A Titanic Task: The global shipping just launched a major rejig - sulphur has been cut drastically from shipping fuels to reduce some forms of air pollution.
The new rules to use only fuel with low sulphur content were brought in by the International Maritime Organisation. The shift has been more than a decade in planning and will affect shipping around the world.
“Member states, the shipping industry and fuel oil suppliers have been working for the past three years to prepare for this major change – I am confident that the benefits will soon be felt and that implementation will be smooth,” said Kitack Lim, the secretary general of the IMO. “This [is a] hugely important change which will have significant positive benefits for human health and the environment.”
However, the new rules could increase transportation costs from $400 a tonne for fuel oil today to $600 a tonne. Besides increasing cargo shipping charges, this could also raise air travel charges. Guardian
Good to Know: In 2019, the number of deaths in major air crashes around the world fell by over 50%, as per the T070 consultancy.
Last year, 257 people died in eight fatal air accidents compared to 534 deaths in 13 accidents in 2018. The worst crash of 2019 involved the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX that killed 157. AP
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