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Ocean Going Vessels Fuel Rule Sunset Review Process

West of England P&I Club article The West of England P&I Club issued an article regarding Ocean Going Vessels Fuel Rule Sunset Review Process in United States.On 1 January 2015 a new MARPOL Annex VI requirement will enter into force reducing the maximum sulphur content for fuel oil from 1.0% to 0.1% within sulphur Emission Control Areas (ECAs). In the United States, this will mean fulfilling the provisions of the North American ECA.Within Californian waters, vessels also need to comply with the California Air Resources Boards (CARB) Ocean Going Vessels (OGV) fuel rule which requires vessels to use distillate fuel oil (MDO or MGO) with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.1%. There are two principal differences between the requirements of the North American ECA and the CARB OGV fuel rule:MARPOL does not specify the type of fuel to be used other than stipulating that the sulphur content must not exceed 0.1%. The CARB OGV fuel rule requires the use of distillate fuel oil, not residual fuel oil.MAPROL permits the use of alternative emission control technologies (eg exhaust gas scrubbers) to achieve the necessary reduction in sulphur emissions. The CARB OGV fuel rule legislation does not recognise the use of such ...

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