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EUROPEAN DIRECTIVE ON SULPHUR CONTENT OF MARINE FUELS

Dec. 23 2015

Reminder from Ireland of the differences between the Directive 2012/33/EU and the revised MARPOL Annex VI

The Irish Administration has issued the following attached Marine Notice, which concerns European Union (Sulphur Content of Marine Fuels) Regulations 2015 [S.I. No. 361 of 2015].

One of the main objectives of Directive 2012/33/EU is to align EU legislation with existing global marine fuel sulphur content by mass limits or, subject to the fitting of appropriate emission abatement technology, the resultant sulphur dioxide emissions from such fuels, as set out in the Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships contained in the 2008 revised Annex VI to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as amended by the Protocols of 1978 and 1997 (otherwise known as ‘MARPOL’), to which Ireland and the other EU Member States are parties.

However, in some areas, Directive 2012/33/EU goes beyond the revised MARPOL Annex VI regime concerning the sulphur content of marine fuels for use on board ships, or, the resultant sulphur dioxide emissions.

The sulphur content of marine fuel for use on board ALL passenger ships, operating on regular services to, or from, a port in the inland waters, territorial seas, or exclusive economic zone of the State, or, in the case of Irish passenger ships, operating on regular services to, or from, a port in another Member State, is not to exceed 1.50% by mass until 31 December 2019 and thereafter should not exceed 0.50% by mass, as set out in Regulation 4(1) of S.I. No. 361 of 2015.

Irish and foreign ships at berth or anchored in a port in the State, or, Irish ships at berth or anchored in a port in another EU Member State, are to use marine fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.10% by mass, unless such ships are berthed for less than two hours according to published timetables, or, are using shore-side electricity, as set out in Regulation 5 of S.I. No. 361 of 2015

The Sulphur Directive requires EU Member States to implement (and report regularly to the Commission on the implementation of) a compulsory system of sampling and analysis of marine fuel for use on board ships and this compulsory sampling and analysis regime will come into effect on 1 January 2016.  The exact procedure laying down the rules concerning the sampling (and reporting) as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels, is set out in Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/253.

This message cancels and replaces the #1181 one dated 1st July 2010 as the Marine Notice No. 17 of 2010 is superseded by this Marine Notice.