Classification society DNV GL on Monday (27 April) published an update on new emissions control area (ECA) definitions and speed reduction limits at South Korean ports to support the government’s program to control air quality:
To reduce particulate emissions from ocean going ships in its ports, South Korea has released a “special act on improvement of air quality in port areas”. Find out more about the Korean ECA and its Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) programme in this statutory news.
Relevant for ship owners and managers sailing vessels to South Korean ports.
The South Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (“MOF”) has announced an air quality control programme that defines selected South Korean ports and areas as Emission Control Areas (ECA). A programme with maximum sulphur limits (0.1%) and speed limits will support the effectiveness of the programme. The following ports/areas are covered by the air quality control programme:
The air quality control initiatives in South Korea consist of two parts:
Shipowners and operators should be aware of the following regulations:
South Korean ECA – From 1 September 2020, ships berthing or anchoring at certain Korean ports (South Korean ECA), must use max. 0.1% sulphur content fuel (or reduce emissions below this target). From 1 January 2022 this limit also applies when navigating the ECA area.
Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) Programme
Port fees will be reduced for ships which lower their speeds to set targets defined in the VSR programme Sea Areas.
Source and photo credit: DNV GL
Published: 28 April, 2020
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