Ship fuel non-compliance around 5% in 2015

Forty-three incidents of ships using non-compliant fuel were detected in EU sulphur emission control areas (SECAs) in 2015, the first year for which new, more stringent sulphur standards were implemented. In total, 315 cases of non-compliance with the sulphur directive were reported to the European Maritime Safety Agency in 2015. Compared to the 6,800 ship inspections recorded, this would indicate a non-compliance rate of around five per cent. As of 1 January 2015, the sulphur content of fuel used in SECAs – i.e. the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel – must be limited to 0.1 per cent. 

Source: Ends Europe Daily, 30 March 2016

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