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IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex VI (entering into force on January 1st, 2019) during its 71st meeting in London mid July (MEPC 71).

Source: Green4Sea

IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex VI (entering into force on January 1st, 2019) during its 71st meeting in London mid July (MEPC 71).

This means that he North Sea and Baltic Sea and the North Sea are designated as NOx Tier III emission control areas (ECAs). Regulations apply to ships built on or after 1 January 1st, 2021 and compliance with NOx Tier III limits is required only when such ships operate within NOx ECAs.

Temporary exemptions apply to ships fitted with either dual-fuel engines or Tier II engines to proceed for repairs and dry-docks at shipyards located within NOx Tier III ECAs, as well as to newbuilds leaving shipyards located in NOx Tier III emission areas. Following conditions have to be met:

  • engines of these ships should meet NOx Tier II emission level and should sail directly to and from a shipyard or repair facility
  • ships must also follow any additional specific routing requirements specified by the relevant port state, and
  • such ships are not permitted to load or unload cargo