Heavy fuel oil is thick and has a tar-like consistency. That makes spills involving heavy fuel oil a major environmental concern. It is commonly used in shipping vessels, including in Arctic waters. However, the International Maritime Organization has recently approved a ban on HFO in the Arctic after July 1, 2024.
To make sense of this ban and what heavy fuel oil is, our co-hosts Paris Molokwu-Ogwuda Jr. and Rebecca Rogers sat down with a panel of guests: Andrew Dumbrille, Lead Specialist in Marine Shipping and Conservation at the World Wildlife Fund; Dr. Sian Prior, Lead Adviser to the Clean Arctic Alliance; and Michael Kingston, an Irish maritime lawyer and the Managing Director of Michael Kingston Associates.