SULPHUR OXIDES (SOx)
1. SOx Emission Control Areas
1.1 For the purpose of Regulation 22 of the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Regulations 2008 SOx, emission control areas include:
(a) 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 latitude 57° 44’.8 N.
(b) the North Sea being all sea areas within the following boundaries including the North Sea proper and the English Channel and its approaches:
(i) the North Sea southwards of latitude 62° N and eastwards of longitude 4°W;
(ii) the Skagerrak, the southern limit of which is determined east of the Skaw by latitude 57° 44’.8 N; and
(iii) the English Channel and its approaches eastwards of longitude 5° W and northwards of latitude 48° 30’ N.
(c) Any other SOx emission control areas agreed at IMO will be promulgated in a Merchant Shipping Notice.
2. Waste Streams from Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS-SOx)
2.1 Regulation 22(4) of the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Regulations 2008 requires that the master of any ship must ensure that waste streams from the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems equipment are not discharged into any port, harbour or estuary unless it is thoroughly documented that the waste streams will have no adverse impact on the ecosystem of the port, harbour or estuary.
2.2 The master of any ship within United Kingdom waters that is to use an exhaust gas cleaning system shall provide documentation that demonstrates that waste streams discharged to the sea will have no adverse impact on the ecosystem of that port, harbour or estuary. Such documentation shall be forwarded to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
3. Requirement to record changeover of fuel before entry into a SECA
3.1 There is a requirement in Regulation 22(5) to complete a log book entry indicating the vessel has changed to low sulphur fuel oil (1.5% or below sulphur content by mass) on entry to a SECA.
3.2 The form of this log book is outlined at Appendix 6 of this Merchant Shipping Notice – Marine Fuel Sulphur Record Book.