Improve international shipping standards

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By tightening regulations around international shipping , the International Maritime Organization  there will play a role in producing a significant reduction of greenhouse gases from the 60,000 vessels currently plying our oceans. Eliminating the use of dirty bunker oil to power vessels will also significantly reduce sulfurous emissions which contribute to the acidification of the world's oceans.
Eliminating the practice of "flags of convenience" which allows ship owners to register vessels with countries whose labour and safety standards are lax, will improve the working conditions of mariners, reduce the number of vessels which founder every year (some 300) and reduce the annual fatality rate of mariners, currently some 2000 annually. Currently, the shipping industry produces 4% of the world's greenhouse gases, approximating that of the total output of Germany or Japan. Failure to improve shipping standards threatens the future of the Planet.



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