Argentina becomes 100th State Party to MARPOL Annex VI
The regulations in Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) address air pollution from ships and include energy efficiency and fuel quality requirements designed to reduce harmful emissions from shipping. With Argentina’s ratification, the regulations now apply to 96.65% of world merchant shipping by tonnage.
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