New report claims slow steaming is ‘closest thing to a silver bullet’ for IMO

On the eve of the latest round of UN ship climate negotiations at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, a new report published by Seas at Risk and Transport & Environment maintains slower ship speeds would massively reduce the damage shipping is causing to human health, nature and the climate.

The report describes how a 20% reduction in ship speed would reduce underwater noise pollution by 66%, and the chance of a fatal collision between a ship and a whale by 78%. Both noise and whale strikes are having a serious impact on the health of the marine environment.

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