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Maersk’s Arctic ambition raises environmental concerns

The world’s largest containership company is adamant that its trial voyage through the Northern Sea Route is not a precursor of more Arctic endeavours. But the symbolism of the first large containership to traverse the Arctic has some concerned about the additional presence of perilous fuel in the environmentally fragile region. The development of a heavy fuel oil ban is in its nascent stages. Could trials like this speed up its introduction?

While Maersk insists it has no Arctic ambitions, its investment in ice-classed vessels at a time of climate change has raised questions from observers

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