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Under the law, container ships, tankers, cruise ships and bulk carriers must limit NOX emissions from their category three diesel engines. It also sets a cap on the sulfur content of the fuel they burn and includes a program for designating areas where more stringent fuel controls apply, such as near coastlines that have more severe air quality concerns.
The president said that that through the bill, U.S. agencies are setting course to implement a key international agreement to reduce air pollution from large ships, known as MARPOL Annex VI.