Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Two-hundred-mile Emission Control Area off North America starts today
The so-called Emission Control Area that is aimed at reducing air pollution from commercial ships off of the coastlines of North America is in effect as of today, August 1.
The new air emission measure has officially launched two years after the International Maritime Organization approved an application from the U.S. and Canada for the creation of a lower pollution zone that lowers nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and particulate matter from ships over 400 gross tons that are within 200 nautical miles of the coasts of the two countries.
The ECA requires ships to use fuel with sulfur content of 1.0 percent or less, and a much more stringent 0.1 percent beginning in 2015.
A civil penalty of as much as $25,000, or more, per day, can be assessed to ship operators not complying with the new emissions standard, although Transport Canada announced in March it would not enforce the regulation as of August 1 pending "further discussions with the domestic marine industry."
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