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Stricter limits for SO2-emissions

Shipping is regarded to be the most environmentally friendly transportation method of goods. Offshore areas, where heavy fuel oil with a high sulfur content is used as propellant, are severely polluted by SO2 – emissions.

To protect the environment, the permissible sulfur content of the propellant has been gradually reduced since 2012 and in 2020 shall only amount to 0,5 %. This was stipulated by MARPOL-Annex VI-Regulation 14 of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which came into effect in 2005.

Since 2015 special requirements apply to ECA-zones

Dedicated Emission Control Areas (ECA)-zones were established, particularly in coastal areas where especially strict regulations regarding SO2-emissions apply:

Since January 1st 2015, vessels inside the ECA-zones must be equipped with desulphurization systems or utilize expensive fuels with a sulfur content of 0,1 % max. At present the North and Baltic Seas, as well as the coasts of North America, are defined as ECA-zones; this will apply to all European waters from the year 2020.
 

Contact

Andreas Breeger

Andreas Breeger

Andreas Breeger

Head of maritime flue gas cleaning
Babcock Noell GmbH
Alfred Nobel Str. 20
97080 Würzburg

Phone: +49 931 903-6248
Fax: +49 931 903-3001

Lars Ravens

Lars Ravens

Lars Ravens

Sales
Babcock Noell GmbH
Alfred Nobel Str. 20
97080 Würzburg

Phone: +49 931 903-6308
Fax: +49 931 903-3001