North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea ECA – Understanding Compliance Issues

The US EPA, in response to repeated questions regarding ECA compliance issues, has issued a Frequently Asked Questions document. Situations addressed range from handling of exhaust gas scrubber effluent, NOx Tier III compliance for dual fuel engines and fitting of non-Tier III compliant engines on vessels constructed on/after Jan 1, 2016. The document is intended…

USA: Court – VGP regulations overturned

October 5, 2015: The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit largely overturned the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) regulations promulgated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as regards the discharge of ballast water from ships. Suit was brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other environmental advocacy groups, contending that the…

US Coast Guard and EPA – North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area enforcement and compliance

  The US Coast Guard posted a notice stating that it and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon take action to ensure compliance with the forthcoming 0.10% fuel sulphur limits in the North American and US Caribbean Sea Emission Control Areas (ECAs), which come into effect on 1 January 2015. In addition to checking Bunker Delivery Notes and related records,…