Iceland ratifies Annex VI of the IMO's air pollution treaty

Ambassador of Iceland, Mr Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, met with IMO's Secretary-General Mr Kitack Lim on 22 November 2017, where he presented his credentials as Iceland's Permanent Representative to the IMO. They discussed Arctic issues, safety at sea and plastic pollution of the sea.

Ambassador Jóhannesson also deposited the instruments of Iceland's accession to Annex VI of the IMO International Convention for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Annex VI). Iceland's ratification has brought the total number of contracting States to 89, which represent over 96% of world merchant shipping tonnage.

Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention limits the main air pollutants contained in ships exhaust gas, including sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides, and prohibits deliberate emissions of ozone depleting substances. It also includes energy-efficiency measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

Further details on low carbon shipping and air pollution control can be found here.

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