UK P&I Club: Reminder On Air Emission Standards

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The P&I Association in UK has recently seen a number of claims or potential claims for fines imposed on Members as a result of a breach or alleged breach of Marpol Annex VI Regulations.

The reminder is for the update that got into action from 1 January 2015. The update states that, ships trading in designated emission control areas (ECAs) must not use fuel oil on board with a sulphur content exceeding 0.10%. ECAs currently cover the North Sea, Baltic Sea, North American coastline and US Caribbean. Outside the ECAs, with a few exceptions, the worldwide sulphur cap on fuel oil is set at 3.5%, save for passenger ships for which the cap is 1.5%. Following are the exceptions to the general rule.

Summary of current MARPOL limits:

Outside ECAs

Within ECAs

SOx

3.5%m/m (since 1/01/2012)

1.0%m/m since 01/07/2010

(0.1% on and after 01/01/2015)

NOx

Three Tier Scheme

Tier III (Only for North America ECA

and US Caribbean Sea ECA)

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The latest sulphur inspection guidance published by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) can be found here at.

Source: UK P&I

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