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Fuel sulphur directive

Fuel sulphur directive

While the 2020 IMO global fuel sulphur cap will only be definite after a review scheduled for 2018, EU Directive 2012/33/EU has already laid down a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% for fuel used outside the European ECAs in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zones of EU member countries for the year 2020. For the period up to 2020, the Directive stipulates that the fuel sulphur content of fuel used by passenger ships travelling regularly between EU ports and in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zones of EU member countries shall not exceed 1.5% outside the designated emission control areas (ECAs).

 

Furthermore, the Directive also sets a maximum sulphur content of 0.1% for fuels used at berth in EU ports. Ships at berth less than two hours and ships using an onshore power supply are exempted. Because this directive only applies to vessels at berth, only the auxiliary engines need to switch to low-sulphur fuel, which already needs to be on board when arriving in port.

 

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