IMO releases updated list of Special Areas, Emission Control Areas and Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas

Under MARPOL, Special Areas and ECAs are provided with a higher level of protection than other sea areas. While a number of such areas were designated when the 1973 MARPOL Convention and MARPOL Annex VI were first adopted in 1973 and 1997, respectively, additional Special Areas and ECAs have since been designated through the adoption…

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Chinese ECA reminder

From 1 January 2017 ships calling at all eleven key ports in China must use fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50 per cent whilst berthed. Chinese regulation designates the Pearl River and Yangtze River Deltas, and Bohai-rim Waters as domestic emission control areas (ECAs) and places a cap on the sulphur content of…

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Followup: New Emission Control Areas in China (Shenzhen Port in Pearl River ECA Oct.1, 2016)

Local correspondents Huatai have advised that reduced sulphur limits will take effect in the port of Shenzhen from 1 October 2016. From this date, vessels berthed at Shenzhen port will be required to use fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%. It is understood that the other core ports within the Pearl River Delta…

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EMSA: Sulphur Inspection Guidance

European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has issued a Sulphur Inspection Guidance. This document is intended to provide guidance for a harmonised approach to the inspection of ships, ascertaining their compliance, identifying non-compliances and applying control procedures for the enforcement of Council Directive 1999/32/EC, as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels. The Sulphur Inspection Guidance contains…

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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,…

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