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Most sulphur ECA violations noted in English Channel

About 87-98% of ships comply with the tougher regulations for sulphur emissions that were introduced in northern Europe in 2015, according to researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, but the lowest levels of compliance were observed in the western part of the English Channel and in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

MARPOL Annex VI amendment: What vessels entering US ECA need to know

The US Coast Guard issued a reminder on the MARPOL Annex VI amendment, regarding the implementation of an exemption for ships not intended for service within North American ECA, to be allowed to enter and depart the ECA with an IMO Tier II compliant engine. The amendment is entering into force on 1 January 2019.

Scrubbers inevitable for environmental compliance, says EGCSA

Multiple fuel choices will be a headache for ship-owners, but no fuel choice will avoid the inevitable requirement to install exhaust gas treatment systems, was the key message at the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association conference in Singapore.

WinGD to deliver engines for CMA CGM’s mega boxships

The 12-cylinder X92DF engines will power the series of nine containerships, all exceeding 22,000 TEU in capacity and ordered by CMA CGM at Chinese yards, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. earlier this year.

How to comply with China ECAs scheme

China Classification Society published a report which summarizes the updated China ECAs Implementation scheme, and focuses on the distinction in emission control requirements among ports of Europe Union, Hong Kong and China.

HMM CEO: Industry should double efforts ahead of 2020 sulphur cap

Focusing on the impacts of environmental regulations on the maritime industry, President & CEO of Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mr. C. K. Yoo, noted that the shipping and shipbuilding sector shall thoroughly prepare for various regulations to come, starting with Low Sulfur limitation from January 1st, 2020. 

US approves emergency fuel waiver for Puerto Rico

In response to Hurricane Maria, the US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt, approved a request from Puerto Rico Governor, Ricardo Rosselló, for an emergency fuel waiver. The diesel requirements are waved through 15 October 2017.

China extends sulphur cap to all Yangtze River Delta ports

China extended the 0.5% sulphur cap ECA to all ports within Zhejiang ECA, which is part of Yangtze River ECA. Now, all vessels calling Nanjing, Hangzhou and Taizhou are advised to follow 0.5% sulphur limit requirement to avoid any delays or penalties.

Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI Reg.13 effective from September

A new amendment to Regulation 13 of MARPOL Annex VI regarding the operational compliance with NOx Tier III emissions control areas will come into force on 1 September. All ships entering ECAs, that are required to meet Tier III standard, need to record any engine status changes properly in the logbook as per the onboard procedure requires.

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