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Shipping: Pollution

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking in international fora to reduce pollution emissions from shipping. (279972)

The Department for Transport is involved in a wide range of work within the relevant international and European forums to address pollutant emissions from shipping.

In particular the Department works within the International Maritime Organisation to address a range of pollution issues. Currently this work includes measures to address air quality, garbage and ballast water from shipping, with the Department playing a leading role in recently adopted measures to reduce SOx and NOx emissions from ships.