2020 Sulphur Inspection Guidance from the EU

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) As the global shipping industry prepares for the arrival of the global sulphur cap in January 2020, the operation of ships in a multi-fuel future is a fast approaching reality. European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has posted the document Sulphur Inspection Guidance. It is intended to provide guidance to EU port state control agencies for…

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China – New regulations on ECAs effective from 01 Jan 2019

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Ministry of Transportation of China (MOT) has announced a new decree for the re-adjustment of Domestic Emission Control Areas (DECA) in China which will be effective from 1 January 2019. The main points of the re-adjustment are: The scope of DECAs will be extended to 12 nautical miles from the coastline, covering the…

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ICS – Preparing for Compliance with the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) From 1 January 2020, in accordance with MARPOL Annex VI, the sulphur content of fuel oil used on board commercial ships trading outside sulphur Emission Control Areas (ECAs) must not exceed 0.50% m/m. The 0.50% sulphur limit is a significant reduction from the current global limit of 3.50% m/m which has been in place since 2012. The worldwide…

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EMSA – Sulphur Inspection Guidance from the European Commission

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has posted the document Sulphur Inspection Guidance. It is intended to provide guidance to EU port state control agencies for a harmonized approach to the inspection of ships, ascertaining their compliance, identifying non-compliances, and applying control procedures for the enforcement of Directive (EU) 2016/802 (codification of Council Directive 1999/32/EC), as regards…

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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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