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As of the 1st of January 2014 new MARPOL amendments entered into force, including a revised Annex III Regulations, and the United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area.

2010 October MARPOL amendments

New MARPOL amendments entered into force on 1 January 2014. They include a revised Annex III Regulations for the prevention of pollution by harmful substances carried by sea in packaged form. They foresee changes to the Annex to coincide with the next update of the mandatory International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, specifying that goods should be shipped in accordance with relevant provisions.

United States Caribbean ECA now effective

The United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area (SOx, NOx and PM) under MARPOL Annex VI also came into effect on 1 January 2014. It entails stricter controls on emissions of sulphur oxide (SOx), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter for ships trading in certain waters adjacent to the coasts of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

Four designated ECAs

The ECA was designated under MARPOL amendments adopted in July 2011. There are now four designated ECAs in effect globally: the United States Caribbean Sea ECA, the North American ECA; the sulphur oxide ECAs in the Baltic Sea area and the North Sea area.