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5/21/2018: Notice of public workshop on consistent implementation of regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI (Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap)

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A Federal Register Notice was published announcing that the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a public workshop in Washington, D.C., in preparation for the upcoming intersessional working group meeting of the International Maritime Organization on consistent implementation of regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex IV (Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap). The purpose of this meeting will be to consider the issues that will be discussed at that intersessional working group meeting.

This meeting will be held Tuesday, June 5, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eastern Time, and is open to the public.

U.S. Dept. of Transportation Building (1st Floor, Room 5)
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC
(Across the street from the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro Station)

Due to security requirements, each visitor must present a valid government-issued photo identification (for example, a driver’s license) in order to gain entrance to the building. Those desiring to attend the public meeting should contact the Coast Guard ahead of the meeting to facilitate the security process related to building access, or to request reasonable accommodation.

To RSVP for the meeting, or for additional information, contact Mr. Wayne Lundy by telephone at (202) 372-1379 or by email at

View the entire Federal Register Notice.

Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Annex VI) addresses air pollution from ships. Regulation 14 addresses particulate matter (PM) and sulfur oxide (SOX) emissions through fuel sulfur content limits. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, fuel used in ships operating in designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs), including the North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea ECAs, may not exceed 1,000 ppm. Outside of designated ECAs, the sulfur content of marine fuel currently may not exceed 35,000 ppm; this limit will be reduced to 5,000 ppm beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

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