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"In voting on this report, I was influenced by several important issues, such as the introduction from 2015 of a maximum permitted sulphur content of 0.1% for marine fuels used in Sulphur Emission Control Areas – the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel. However, the countries of the Mediterranean are to be placed under these restrictions only in 2020. We are therefore creating a clear division between the countries of northern seas and southern seas, and are stifling competition in the European market. The data presented show that fuels which contain less sulphur are much more expensive. The environmental objectives which have been set may therefore not be achieved, because if sea transport becomes more expensive, it is very probable that land-based transport will become more popular. It is, of course, possible to fit ships with SOx scrubbers, but in view of the age of the shipping fleet and the economic situation of countries such as Poland, for example, fitting this equipment will be completely uneconomical. An alternative to conventional fuels is the use of liquefied natural gas in ships. This can only apply to vessels which have come into service recently because of the technology involved. It is also necessary to establish a network of European ports at which it will be possible to take on such fuel."@en1

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