- Domestic Vessels

7/10/2014: North American Emissions Control Area information

Recently, the Coast Guard received a number of questions about emission control areas. Some of the questions include which vessels must comply with the North American Emission Control Area, ECA exemptions, inspections for compliance and fuel and sulfur level requirements.

As a reminder for the upcoming sulfur limit change in January of 2015, Maritime Commons wanted to provide you with some resources and information about ECA.

1) Frequently asked questions: The Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency compiled this list of questions and associated answers.

2) Coast Guard Policy Letter 12-04: Provides guidelines for compliance and enforcement of the Emission Control Areas. The letter outlines methods and procedures for verifying compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14 and 18 as well as how violations identified by the Coast Guard regarding these two regulations are documented and referred to the EPA.

3) Emissions Control Area Job Aid for Domestic and Foreign Vessels: This document is used by Coast Guard Marine Inspectors and Port State Control Officers during examinations to assist in identifying deficiencies or violations of MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 14.

4) Interim guidance on the non-availability of compliant fuel oil: Interim guidance on how the U.S. government will implement fuel oil availability provisions for ship owners and operators who are unable to obtain fuel oil that meets the fuel oil sulfur standards.

5) Website for MARPOL Annex VI: Provides information, policy letters and relevant documents on compliance with regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships

For questions on the ECA, email the Coast Guard at ECA-USflag@uscg.mil or ECA-foreignflag@uscg.mil.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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