Sulphur Oxides Regulation

Future SOx regulations 

In October 2016, the IMO voted on a stricter, global Sulphur oxides limit which will be implemented in 2020. It is known that Sulphur oxides (SOx) cause many deaths every year. Setting a global Sulphur oxides cap will have a positive effect on the air we breathe and save thousands of lives every year.

Feasibility studies show that there is sufficient supply of required fuel oil and suitable abatement technologies to help all vessels comply with a global legislation.

Yara Marine Technologies has installed over 100 SOx removal inline scrubbers to maritime vessels, and continues to do so. Each inline scrubber can already remove SOx to the legal requirement that is being reviewed for 2020.

Act now. Support the vote for 2020 implementation.

Current regulation

In the autumn of 2008, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed on the progressive reduction of maximum Sulphur content in the  fuel used onboard. On January 1, 2015 the limit applicable in Emission Control Areas (ECA's) was reduced to 0.1%. The IMO also approved the cleaning of exhaust gas to reduce emissions to the same extent.

Already on January 1, 2010, the EU implemented the requirement that ships may only burn fuel of 0.1% sulphur content or less when they are inside EU ports or within EU inland waterways. 

On July 1, 2010 this requirement was extended offshore into ECA's, which include the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.

*ECA's include the Baltic and North seas, the English Channel and the US and Canadian coast and inland waters.

*MARPOL Annex VI sets limits on Sulphur Oxide and Nitrogen Oxide emissions from the ship exhaust and prohibits deliberate emissions of ozone depleting substances. It also contains provisions allowing special SOx Emission Control Areas (SECAS) to be established with more stringent controls on sulphur emissions.