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EPA issues FAQ guidance regarding North American and Caribbean ECA compliance
In response to questions regarding Emissions Control Area (ECA) compliance issues, the US EPA has released the attached FAQ guidance. The FAQ's address a range of topics including handling exhaust gas scrubber effluent, NOx Tier III for dual fuel engines, fittings of non-Tier III engines on vessels constructed on or after 1 Jan 2016, and additional information about the EPA and Annex VI requirements.
In March 2010, the IMO amended MARPOL designating specific portions of US, Canadian and French waters as an ECA. The North American ECA includes waters adjacent to the Pacific coast, the Atlantic/Gulf coast and the eight main Hawaiian Islands. The ECA extends 200 nautical miles from costs of the US and Canada. ECA designations also apply to territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (Caribbean ECA).
The second phase of regulations began on 1 Jan 2015, when requirements in both the North American and Caribbean ECAs became aligned requiring all ships to use fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1%. If ultra-low low sulphur fuel oil cannot be obtained, authorities will permit the fuel blending and/or the use of distillates MGO or MDO. All ships using separate fuel oils when operating within an ECA are to carry a written fuel oil change-over procedure. An equivalent gas scrubber can be installed to remove sulphur from the engine exhaust gas as an equivalent to a fuel sulfur limit. If a ship is not able to comply with sulphur emissions limit while transiting the North American ECA, a Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report (FONAR) must be filled.
Members should also refer to the Club's November 2016 publication regarding sulphur emissions, which can be found on the right.
Source: Standard Club
DMA continues to abolish special requirements for Danish shipping
A benchmark analysis shows that Denmark has 33 special requirements for ships flying the Danish flag. Four requirements have already been abolished and the benchmark analysis will be used actively to revise or abolish the remaining special requirements.
Director General Andreas Nordseth from the Danish Maritime Authority:
"Denmark is characterized by quality shipping and Deloitte's benchmark analysis confirms that Denmark is a good place to conduct maritime business. We have been alleviating burdens for a long time and we have already abolished four of the 33 special requirements identified in the analysis. Now, with this analysis in hand, we will take initiatives to make it even more attractive to fly the Danish flag."
The benchmark analysis was carried out by Deloitte on the basis of a decision by the Danish Government's Implementation Committee. It was examined to what extent Denmark gold-plates five international conventions or has other additional special requirements compared to Germany, Malta, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The analysis has identified 33 special requirements. These include, inter alia, requirements related to the construction of ships, inspections, certification and reporting obligations. The Implementation Committee has asked the Danish Maritime Authority to align the requirements with those of the neighbouring countries.
As of 1 January 2017, four of the 33 special requirements have been abolished, including a requirement to report information on the signing on and signing off. In the coming months, additional revisions of requirements will be initiated in order to further alleviate the burdens imposed on the maritime industry.
The report has also been sent to the Maritime Strategy Team for the Blue Denmark.
Source: Danish Maritime Authority