Study: Heavy fuel oil used by more than one-third of ships in Canadian Arctic waters

The Narwhal discusses how heavy fuel oil used by more than one-third of ships in Canadian Arctic waters, study finds. When burned, the controversial fuel emits black carbon, leaving soot on the icy landscape and contributing substantially to climate change.

During a span of eight years, 37 per cent of ships in the Canadian Arctic were run on heavy fuel oil, according to a new report.

This research is the first in Canada to quantify the use of what’s considered to be the dirtiest type of fuel.

Arctic countries and the International Maritime Organization have been discussing a ban on heavy fuel oil for several years and plan to start phasing out its use in 2024 due to concerns about spill risks and a type of emission known as “black carbon.”

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