What can we expect at the 75th Session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee ?

London: November 16-20 2020; As the International Maritime Organization prepares for its first virtual Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting, here's what to expect on issues of relevance to the Arctic:

Heavy Fuel Oil:

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A Ban in Name Only: Implications of the IMO’s Draft Heavy Fuel Oil Ban in the Arctic

Monday October 12, 2020: During the Clean Arctic Alliance webinar held on September 28, The IMO draft Arctic Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) regulation: A ban in name only?, the speakers explored the social and legal implications of the International Maritime Organization’s draft Arctic HFO regulation if adopted as currently drafted, and what it will mean for Arctic environmental protection. Continue reading…

Clean Arctic Alliance Slams Proposed Arctic Shipping Regulation as Full of Dangerous Loopholes

Thursday September 3, 2020: Proposed International Maritime Organization ban would allow exemptions and waivers resulting in 84% of Arctic shipping continuing to burn HFO in the Arctic, and permitting 70% of vessels to still carry HFO as fuel. Continue reading…

Needed Now, More Than Ever: The Arctic Ban On Heavy Fuel Oil

Tuesday May 19, 2020: It will certainly be bad news for the Arctic and for Arctic communities if the volume of shipping increases in the coming decade before environmental protections including a ban on the use and carriage of HFO take effect. Right now, like everything else on the planet, the timing and methods by which the IMO will next meet remain unresolved. But one thing is certain – we can see no rationale for delaying a ban on heavy fuel oil, a ban that has already taken years in the making and is already a decade behind similar protection for the Antarctic. Continue reading…

Arctic Heavy Fuel Oil Ban Inches Forward, but loopholes denounced as “outrageous”

Friday February 21, 2020: NGOs and Indigenous groups today cautiously acknowledged progress by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its Member States in agreeing on a draft regulation on heavy fuel oil (HFO) use and carriage in the Arctic, but denounced the inclusion of loopholes in the text that mean the ban will not come into effect until 2029, leaving the Arctic exposed to the growing threat of HFO spills for close to another decade.

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Inuit orgs welcome Canada’s support of heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic waters

Wednesday February 19, 2020: Canada’s support of an international ban of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic waters is an important step to safeguard the long-term future of indigenous communities in the North, two Inuit organizations say.

“Transport Canada’s recent announcement to support an HFO ban in the Arctic demonstrates vision and leadership and is very encouraging,” the Canadian chapter of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) said in a joint news release on Tuesday.

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Clean Arctic Alliance Response to Canada’s Backing of Heavy Fuel Oil Ban

London, Tuesday February 18, 2020:- Responding to today’s press release from the Government of Canada  announcing that  “the Government of Canada’s support for a ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters”, Clean Arctic Alliance Lead Advisor Dr Sian Prior said: “The Clean Arctic Alliance welcomes Canada’s support for a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters, however we believe the International Maritime Organization must not entertain any arguments calling for a delay or exemptions in the implementation of an Arctic ban on HFO”. Continue reading…

Will IMO Arctic Summit Act to Protect Arctic from Shipping Spills and Emissions?

London 17 February: NGOs this morning called on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to protect the Arctic marine environment from the impacts of international shipping, by agreeing to a new regulation banning the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) as fuel by ships operating in Arctic waters during this week’s “Arctic IMO Summit” in London. Continue reading…

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1 Dillingham, Alaska in December 2019.

For Arctic Indigenous people, is Foresight 2020?

Verner Wilson, Senior Oceans Campaigner at Friends of the Earth US, writes that 2020 must be a year of action, and if we fail to meet the challenge of the climate crisis, our inaction will have long-lasting impacts on the Arctic, its indigenous peoples, and the overall wellbeing of Earth’s climate.


Guide to the International Maritime Organization

Survival Guide:

Pacific Environment’s Guide to IMO is a resource for anyone looking to get a crash course in what the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is and how it operates. In the guide, you will find descriptions of committees and sub-committees, section by section summaries of key IMO instruments (like the Polar Code), a list of every participating non-governmental organization with links to their websites, a glossary of common acronyms and terms, and much more. Download here.

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HFO Free Arctic

The Clean Arctic Alliance is working for a ban on heavy fuel oil from Arctic shipping