Lloyd's Statutory Alert
Statutory Alert: MARPOL Annex VI – a reminder of the entry into effect of the North American ECA-SOx.
Applicabilty: All shipowners and operators: The North American Emission Control Area for SOx and particulate matter (ECA-SOx) enters into effect on 1 August, 2012. From this date, the same requirements will apply as for the existing Baltic and North Sea ECA-SOx, including the requirements for recording data on entry and exit. The North American ECA-SOx covers three distinct areas:
It also includes the St Lawrence Seaway, the Great Lakes and rivers (such as the Mississippi) which are accessed by shipping. The ECA’s exact co-ordinates are contained in the IMO Circular MEPC.1/Circ.723, available here
Ships operating in or entering the North American ECA-SOx on or after 1 August, 2012, will need to have on board sufficient compliant fuel oil (1.00% m/m maximum sulphur content) and bring it into use as required.
Ships entering the ECA-SOx before this date will need to ensure that compliant fuel oil is brought into use no later than 00:00 hrs on 1 August, 2012. Lloyd’s Register recommends that this fuel change-over is recorded in the same way as if the ship was entering an ECA.