Maritime Authority (NMA) has proposed even stricter regulations to reduce the
environmental strain in the world heritage fjords.
As informed, the proposed amendments were circulated for review on
October 31, with six-week deadline for comments.
In June this year, the NMA circulated for review new legislation
for reduced emissions and discharges and a cleaner environment in the
Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and Tafjord.
The proposal included, among other things, stricter sulphur
requirements for the entire area, stricter requirements for NOx emissions, a
prohibition against the discharge of sewage, regulations on the use of exhaust
gas cleaning systems and a requirement for an environmental instruction.
Based on the comments received, the NMA is now proposing even
stricter requirements in the new legislation.
“The Government wishes to reduce
the emissions and discharges from cruise ships. Stricter requirements for ships
in the world heritage fjords would be a step in the right direction,” Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment,
Now, the NMA is proposing that fuel being used on ships in the
world heritage fjords must have a sulphur content of maximum 0.1% by weight.
Additionally, a prohibition against the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems in
these areas is being proposed, including both open, closed and hybrid systems.
In practice, this means that the use of heavy fuel oil in the
world heritage fjords will be banned, and that ships that currently use heavy
fuel oil combined with an exhaust gas cleaning system will have to use marine
diesel instead when sailing in the world heritage fjords, according to the
“Experience shows that today’s
cleaning systems emit visible smoke emissions, and some systems also generate
discharges to sea. Even if the visible smoke is partly water vapour, it has a
negative impact on people’s experiences of our world heritage fjords,” Bjørn Pedersen, Head of Department of Legislation and
International Relations in the NMA, explained.
The NMA is also proposing a prohibition against incineration of
waste on board ships in the world heritage fjords, which will contribute to
reducing the visible smoke emissions.
“We have a particular
responsibility for taking care of the fjords inscribed on UNESCO’s World
Heritage List,” says Pedersen.
The new proposal also lays down the possibility of exemption from
the Tier I NOx requirements to be met by 2020 for ships that can document that
they will satisfy the strictest NOx requirements (Tier III) by 2022, i.e. three
years before the deadline.