New Zealand's MARPOL stance called into question

a report by Dr Bevan Marten, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand, (2016) 

The global conversation around the amount of pollutants that enter earth’s atmosphere is impossible to ignore, and shipping-related emissions are no exception. Whether the focus is on public health impacts in coastal settlements, or broader concerns connected with greenhouse gases and climate change, the maritime transport sector will inevitably face closer scrutiny over how ships are fuelled and operated over the course of this century.  

This article focuses in on New Zealand’s lack of engagement with this issue, and in particular its omission to ratify Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).1 The country’s failure to address shipping emissions has made it a real outlier internationally, and raises important policy questions connected with international shipping regulation.

 

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