THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION (IMO) estimates that shipping is responsible for 2.7-3.3% of annual global carbon dioxide emissions. The need for low-carbon forms of shipping raises the question of whether ships with nuclear propulsion systems could be employed; after all, nuclear-powered submarines and icebreakers are in regular use. In a joint model produced by IMO and UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC) for low- carbon shipping in 2050, nuclear propulsion was marked as a green fuel, alongside renewable energy and bio-fuel. In that event, what would be the legal framework under which the ships operate and would it differ from conventionally powered ships?
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