IMO Issues an Emission Control Areas Summary
Ships trading in designated ECAs – emission control areas – will have to use onboard fuel oil with a sulfur content of no more than 0.10% effective January 1, compared with the limit of 1.0% in effect through year-end 2014.
That’s the word from the UN’s International Maritime Organization, which has issued a brief summary of the complicated ECA situation.
“The stricter rules come into effect under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution form ships (MARPOL) Annex VI (Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships), specifically under regulation 14, which covers emissions of Sulfur Oxides (SOx) and particulate matter from ships,” IMO says. “These requirements were adopted in October 2008 by consensus and entered into force in July 2010.”
Europe and North America
The MARPOL Annex VI ECAs include Europe’s Baltic Sea and North Sea. The North American ECA covers designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada and the U.S. Caribbean Sea area around Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Outside the emission control areas, IMO notes, the current limit for sulfur content of fuel oil is 3.50%, falling to 0.50% on January 1, 2020. “The 2020 date is subject to a review, to be completed by 2018, as to the availability of the required fuel oil.
“Depending on the outcome of the review, this date could be deferred to 1 January 2025.”
Ships may also meet the SOx requirements by using gas as a fuel or an approved equivalent method, for example, exhaust gas cleaning systems or “scrubbers,” IMO notes.Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: International Maritime Organization with HHP Insight follow-up