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With the new sulphur emission control areas now just over a month away, the EU has moved on to the next phase of its battle to reduce shipping emissions. This week the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted to make it mandatory for shipowners to monitor their vessels’ emissions from 2018, as part of an IMO plan to enforce the practice globally. Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Poland failed in an attempt to block the motion, but will at least be heartened by the fact that shipping still won’t fall under the contentious emission trading scheme.

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