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.
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.
The Zhejiang Maritime Safety Agency and the Jiangsu MSA published formal notices regarding the implementation of low sulfur fuel requirements at all ports within their respective sulfur Emission Control Areas, as from 1 January 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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