Earlier this year Turkey ratified the global shipping emission regulation MARPOL Annex VI and the country is now planning to put an emission control area (ECA) proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Targeting ship emissions has become an important part of Turkey’s efforts to reduce air pollution, especially in Istanbul, which has a population of around 14 million people who would benefit from cleaner air through reducing ship emissions. The detrimental effect of air pollution on Istanbul’s historic buildings is also a factor in support of an ECA. The aim is to put a formal Turkish Straits and Marmara Sea ECA proposal to the IMO in 2015.
Source: Sustainable Shipping News, 6 June 2013