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Maersk opts to burn cleaner fuel in Hong Kong

Maersk opts to burn cleaner fuel in Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Maersk Line has announced that its ships will switch to low-sulphur fuel when at berth in Hong Kong - a move it hopes will help quicken regulation in Asia, reports The New York Times.

Maersk makes about 850 port calls a year to Hong Kong. The company estimates the voluntary switch to the cleaner fuel, which costs about $250 more a ton, will cost an extra $1 million a year.

"We feel this is a good investment to get the ball rolling," Tim Smith, chief executive of Maersk Line's North Asia operations, said in an interview. "The wheels of government turn very slowly here, and we hope that our initiative will help accelerate regulation and prompt others to follow suit."  [09/09/10]