The Baltic Sea becomes a Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) on 19 May

As previously reported, on 19 May 2006 the Baltic Sea (i.e. the Baltic Sea proper with the Gulf of Bothnia, the Gulf of Finland and the entrance to the Baltic Sea bounded by the parallel of the Skaw in the Skagerrak at 57º44.8’N) will become a Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) under regulation 14(3)(a) of MARPOL Annex VI.  

In brief, when in the Baltic Sea, all ships have to use fuels with a sulphur content not exceeding 1.5% per mass. This requirement will necessitate new procedures onboard ship and in the ships’ management manuals.  

An advice has been issued by Det Norske Veritas (click hereto download) on possible operational and logistic alternative solutions to best comply with the forthcoming requirement.  

Members are also reminded of the importance of following strict procedures when bunkering as the only means to demonstrate to port state control (PSC) officers, compliance with the provisions of MARPOL Annex VI. Such guidelines are given in the INTERTANKO Guide to Bunkering of Ships for the purposes of Annex VI to MARPOL. 

Contact: Dragos Rauta