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Shipping Fact

Environmental Performance: IMO Agreement to Reduce Atmospheric Pollution from Ships

Overview

Shipping is the least environmentally damaging form of commercial transport and, compared with land based industry, is a comparatively minor contributor to marine pollution from human activities.

There has been a substantial reduction in marine pollution over the last 15 years, especially with regard to the amount of oil spilled into the sea, despite a massive increase in world seaborne trade.

IMO Agreement to Reduce Atmospheric Pollution from Ships

Graph to show variation of Sulphur emissions between emission controlled areas and outside emission controlled areas