AECO’s Position on HFO

November 16th, 2016

Currently, there is no heavy fuel oil (HFO) ban in the Arctic, with the exemption of the nature reserves and the large national parks in Svalbard. AECO’s Annual Meeting 2016 reconfirmed that AECO will support an international ban on HFO for all ship traffic in the Arctic.

Such a ban would be beneficial to avoid the geographical differences, different national regulations as well as competitive differences between areas and among operators, and would also be consistent with AECO’s objectives to support regulations with clear environmental benefits.