Reminder - 11 August 2007 - North Sea & English Channel become SECAs under the EU Directive

MARPOL Annex VI has designated the Baltic Sea (on 19 May 2006) and the North Sea (including the English Channel) (on 22 November 2007) as Sulphur Emissions Control Areas (SECAs). In accordance with Regulation 14 of Annex VI to MARPOL, ships entering these SECAs are required to use marine fuels with a sulphur content not exceeding 1.5% m/m. Alternatively, an exhaust gas cleaning system capable of reducing SOx emissions to 6.0 g/kWh and below may be used.


However, the EU Sulphur Directive 2005/33/EC calls for the North Sea and the English Channel to become SECAs on 11 August 2007, almost three months in advance of the IMO enforcement date. No official guidance has been provided by Brussels or any of the EU Member States on how the European Union (EU) will enforce this on non-EU flag ships between 11 August and 22 November 2007.


Therefore, we would suggest INTERTANKO members adopt a prudent approach and consider 11 August 2007 as the enforcement date on which the North Sea and the English Channel will become SECAs.


Please be also advised that the extra costs associated with burning more expensive low sulphur fuel are not yet reflected in the Worldscale system.


We draw your attention to the INTERTANKO SECA Entry Guide and the INTERTANKO Guide to Bunkering of Ships for the purposes of Annex VI to MARPOL .


Contact: Dragos Rauta