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EU regulators expect battle with shipping firms over new pollutant law

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Counting the cost: Maersk Line, the world's biggest ship container group, said that switching to low-sulphur fuel under the EU rules will cost it an extra US$200 million a year. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

[LONDON] Northern European regulators will face a battle with many shipping companies over new EU rules aimed at cutting pollution from ship fuels as some owners are likely to find it cheaper to pay fines than to comply.Ships are typically powered by heavy fuel oil or bunker oil, both of which