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Transport & Environment

Emissions from Maritime Transport

ShipAmendment of Directive 1999/32/EC
(relating to a reduction of the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels)

On 15 July 2011 the Commission adopted a proposal for an amendment of Directive 1999/32/EC de en fr

This amendment will

  • align the Directive with the latest IMO provisions on the sulphur content of marine fuels;
  • adapt the Directive to the IMO provisions on alternative compliance methods;
  • maintain the link between the stricter fuel standards in SECAs and the fuel requirements for passenger ships on regular service;
  • improve implementation of the Directive by harmonising and strengthening provisions for monitoring of compliance and reporting.

The legal proposal is accompanied by

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On 23 May 2012 Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the amendment of Directive 1999/32/EC.

Directive 2012/33/EU amending Directive 1999/32/EC has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 17 November 2012.  Member States have to implement it by 18 June 2014.

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