Implementation of reinforced standards at South Korean Sulphur Oxide (SOx) Emission Control Areas (SECAs) will be taking effect from 1 January 2022 onwards, reminds the Standard Club.
As such, it will be mandatory to use fuel with maximum 0.1% sulphur content while navigating within the South Korean SECA.
The current regulations only apply to vessels anchored or berthing in port areas of Incheon, Pyeongtaek-Dangjin, Yeosu-Gwangyang, Busan and Ulsan. However, from 1 January 2022, ships will be required to use 0.10% sulphur fuel when navigating or operating in the designated zones (SECAs) encompassing the abovementioned ports.
As such, vessels intending to operate in the South Korean SECA should complete the fuel changeover to low sulphur fuel oil (with sulphur content not exceeding 0.10%) before entering this area and will be required to continue using compliant fuel until leaving this area.
The use of exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) instead of using 0.10% low sulphur fuel oil is allowed and currently there are no restrictions applied on the discharge of wash-water from open-loop scrubbers.
“Members are recommended to ensure proper records are maintained, i.e., the date, time, and position when the vessel switched over to low sulphur fuel oil (0.50% → 0.10%) or changed the operation mode of the EGCS prior to entry into Korea SECA should be properly documented,” states the P&I club.
“Non-compliance to these regulations may result in imprisonment with labour for up to one year and/or a fine of up to 10 million won.”
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