ICS/ECSA Guidance On Compliance With Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) Requirements And An Overview Of Associated Fuel Changeover Issues And Challenges




New sulphur limits come into effect in the designated Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECAs) as of the 1st of January 2015. In order to assist Members, ship owners, ship operators and crews as well as maritime administrations the following documents, co-sponsored by ECSA, have been prepared and are attached for guidance, information and distribution:

  • Industry Guidance on Compliance with the Sulphur ECA Requirements.This document provides guidance intended for ship owners, operators and crew to enable them to prepare for the changes in fuel characteristics and compliance with the new sulphur limits for ships fuel used in in Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA). The focus of this guidance is on the process of fuel switch over from HFO to LSF;
  • Overview of ‘fuel changeover’ issues and challenges as they affect ECA-SOx compliance.This document provides an overview intended for maritime administrations concerning the key technical and operational aspects faced by ships when undertaking fuel changeover on entering a SECA together with an insight into the particular issues and challenges of that process when assessing compliance with the EU Sulphur Directive 2012/33/EC.

Click below link to access the two guidance documents:

ECSA - Industry Guidance on Compliance with the Sulphur ECA Requirements

ECSA - Fuel Changeover issues


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