Environmental Performance


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.


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Comparison of CO2 emissions by different modes of transport

Reduction in quantity of spilled oil

Improvements to Energy Efficiency of Ship Engine Oil

IMO Agreement on Technical Regulations to Reduce Ships' CO2

IMO Agreement to Reduce Atmospheric Pollution from Ships

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