We like to inform you about the global sulphur regulations:

Global sulphur cap

The emissions from ships are generally controlled by following sulphur caps on any fuel oil used on board:

  • 4.50% prior to 1st January 2012
  • 3.50 % on and after 1st January 2012
  • 0.50 % on and after 1st January 2020 


- The limits applicable in Emission Control Areas (ECA's) are reduced to 0.10 % effective 1st January 2015

- Hong Kong ECA limit is reduced to 0.50% effective 1st July 2015

- The limits in Yangtze River Delta ECA are reduced to 0.50% limit effective 1st April 2016 (for ships at berth)

- The limits in Pearl River Delta and Bohai Sea region are reduced to 0.50% as well effective 1st January 2017


- Since 1st January 2010 all ships berthing EU ports must use low sulphur products of less than 0.10%

- Since 1st January 2010 the sale of Gasoil with a sulphur content of more than 0.10% will be banned in EU member states

The ECA's

  1. Baltic Sea area
  2. North Sea area 
  3. North American area (including most of US and Canadian coasts)
  4. US Caribbean ECA (Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands)
  5. Pearl River Delta (main ports: Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou) 
  6. Yangtze River Delta (main ports: Ningbo, Zhoushan, Shanghai, Nantong)
  7. Bohai Sea Region (main ports: Dalian, Jinzhou, Tianjin)


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