Sulphur enforcement in the media

Highlights from the latest debates and discussions on enforcement of Sulphur regulations.  

Daniel Rieger reports on the impact of the ECA regulations that came into force as of Jan 1 2015, and the challenge of proper enforcement (in German).

Reporting from SIBCON, Sustainable Shipping report that: 

"Bailey said that, in the United States, Port State Control authorities carried out routine examinations to see that existing ECA rules were being complied with. He said those examinations were expanded "if warranted".

Meanwhile, the US authorities were in discussion with their counterparts in Canada, which is part of the same North American ECA, to ensure compliance.

Bailey also said the United States was considering a programme to encourage 'whistle blowers'."

Keeping the air clean in ports is a step in the right direction, but enforcement is a significant problem, commented Roger Strevens, Chairman of the Trident Alliance. Only 1 in 1000 ships are ever tested for emissions compliance and the penalties for noncompliance are minimal as compared to the costs associated with installing scrubbers or burning low sulfur fuel.  

With tougher sulphur limits inside emission control areas (ECA) looming, plans to enforce the rules are largely absent, according to DFDS's Poul Woodall, who is environmental and sustainability director at the Danish ferry operator.

A new coalition of ship owners and operators has been officially launched to collaborate on the enforcement of forthcoming maritime sulphur emission regulations...

Enforcement will be a key factor once sulphur limits in Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) drop to 0.10% at the start of the new year, says Eirik Andreassen, managing director of Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS). (Paywall)

DEMAND for ship emission transparency is on the rise, and the modern data tools to supply this are available. It will not please everyone, but as cargo owners, charters, regulators and even some shipowners want more transparency, demand will only grow.

En gruppe af rederier med verdensomspændende aktiviteter har i dag grundlagt Trident Alliance. Trident Alliance er en koalition af redere og operatører, der deler en fælles interesse i robust og gennemsigtig håndhævelse af de nuværende og kommende marine svovl regler....