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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sulphur in fuel reminder for ships calling at the west coast of the US

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued an advisory (Marine Notice 2012-1) regarding upcoming changes in the vessel fuel sulphur requirements beginning 1 August 2012. The advisory reminds readers that ships must comply with both the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation and the North American Emission Control Area requirements. Marine Notice 2012-1 is available here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/documents/marinenote2012_1.pdf

Further clarification can be obtained from Bonnie Soriano at +1 916 327-6888 bsoriano@arb.ca.gov; or Paul Milkey at +1 916 327-2957 pmilkey@arb.ca.gov.

INTERTANKO will remind Members that, as of 1 August 2012, ships going to the west coast of the US would be expected to have three different fuels onboard: open sea fuel (probably residual fuel with sulphur content up to 3.50%), ECA fuels (probably residual fuel with a sulphur content up to 1.00%) and a marine distillate for trading 24 nm from the CA shore line and for in-port operations.

All marine notices, advisories and alerts for the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation can be found here.

Contact: Dragos Rauta