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Stricter Sulphur Requirements for ECA to enter into force next year

On 1 January 2015 the sulphur requirements in Emission Control Areas (ECA) will be stricter again. At that time vessels operating in ECA will be required to comply to a sulphur content of just 0,10 per cent. The SOx requirements apply to all fuel oils as defined in MARPOL Annex VI Reg.2.9. Currently there are four (4) designated ECA's which includes; the Baltic Sea the North Sea the North American ECA which extends up to 200 nm from the coasts of the continental United States & Canada the US Carribean Sea Compliance with the new ECA requirements can be obtained by either using ECA compliant fuel at all times, or to switch to low sulphur fuel when entering an ECA. When switching to ECA compliant fuel oil, it is required to have a "written procedure showing how the fuel oil change over is to be done" according to MARPOL Annex VI Reg.14.6. The detailed change over procedure should be readable available and the ship's crew shall be familiar with it. Further it is required that the change-over process is fully completed before entering the ECA. A logbook for registering the fuel oil change-over has to be kept on board as prescribed ...

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Stricter Sulphur Requirements for ECA to enter into force next year

From January 1st, 2015 vessels operating in ECA will be required to comply to 0,10% sulphur content On 1 January 2015 the sulphur requirements in Emission Control Areas (ECA) will be stricter again. At that time vessels operating in ECA will be required to comply to a sulphur content of just 0,10 per cent.The SOx requirements apply to all fuel oils as defined inMARPOL Annex VI Reg.2.9. Currently there are four (4) designated ECA's which includes;the Baltic Seathe North Seathe North American ECA which extends up to 200 nm from the coasts of the continental United States & Canadathe US Carribean SeaCompliance with the new ECA requirements can be obtained by either using ECA compliant fuel at all times, or to switch to low sulphur fuel when entering an ECA. When switching to ECA compliant fuel oil, it is required to have a "written procedure showing how the fuel oil change over is to be done" according to MARPOL Annex VI Reg.14.6.The detailed change over procedure should be readable available and the ship's crew shall be familiar with it. Further it is required that the change-over process is fully completed before entering the ECA. A logbook for registering the fuel ...

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Maersk Line supports 2015 ECA sulphur requirements

Protecting environment and ensuring a level playing field for ship operators From 1 January 2015 new legal requirements will come into force in the Emission Control Areas (ECA) in North Europe (Including the Baltic Sea, North Sea and English Channel) and North America (200 nautical miles from American and Canadian shore). This legal requirement will lower the maximum allowed content of sulphur in fuel burned in the ECA's to 0.1% sulphur from todays 1.0%.The 2015 requirements will have significant positive effects on the environmental and health in the regions and Maersk Line fully supports such a development, subject to strict regulatory enforcement to safeguard the environmental benefits and ensure a level playing field for ship operators.ImplicationsThis requirement will have the following effects and implications for society, Maersk Line, and our customers:Environment and Health: Sulphur emissions (SOx) will be reduced by 90% which will have significant positive effects on the environment and on health in general. SOx emissions are toxic and cause respiratory implications as well as acid rain.Maersk Line: Fuel with a sulphur content of 0.1% is significantly more expensive than fuel with 1.0% sulphur content required in ECA areas today. By 2015, Maersk Line expects to purchase 650,000 tonnes ...

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Stricter air pollution regulations on the horizon

UK P&I Club Legal Briefing The UK P&I Club has issued new Legal Briefing regarding the air pollution regulations.Air pollution from ships has been in the spotlight over recent years due to its increasing impact on the natural environment. The outcome has been a series of new regulations to limit exhaust and other atmospheric emissions from ships globally, regionally and nationally.MARPOL Annex VI sets global limits on ship exhaust emissions together with provisions for stricter emission control areas. For example in the North American Emissions Control Area, where the sulphur content of maritime fuel was limited to 1% in 2012, two UK Club members vessels have already been fined for not switching to low-sulphur fuel.By 18th June 2014 all European Union member states are expected to implement directive 2012/33/EU, which brings European national air pollution laws in line with MARPOL Annex VI. They and other countries are also introducing regulations which go beyond MARPOL Annex VI requirements.Ship owners need to be fully aware of the growing and stricter atmospheric emissions measures being introduced around the world. This update summarises the global, regional and national regulations currently in force and proposed. Ship owners should be aware of the growing and stricter ...

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