"Global shipping companies have spent billions rigging vessels with
“cheat devices” that circumvent new environmental legislation by dumping
pollution into the sea instead of the air, The Independent can reveal.
More than $12bn (£9.7bn) has been spent on the devices, known as
open-loop scrubbers, which extract sulphur from the exhaust fumes of
ships that run on heavy fuel oil.
This means the vessels meet standards demanded by the International
Maritime Organisation (IMO) that kick in on 1 January.
However, the sulphur emitted by the ships is simply re-routed from the
exhaust and expelled into the water around the ships, which not only
greatly increases the volume of pollutants being pumped into the sea,
but also increases carbon dioxide emissions.
The change could have a devastating effect on wildlife in British waters
and around the world, experts have warned."
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