- Domestic Vessels

Work Instruction update: MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14 compliance, & Global Sulfur Fuel Oil Sulfur Cap enforcement

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) released work instruction CVC-WI-022  to provide guidance to Coast Guard marine inspectors and port state control officers for ensuring vessel compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14.  Additionally, this work instruction cancels CG-CVC Policy Letter 12-04 Change 1, and includes a Job Aid as an enclosure. 

The Coast Guard will continue to enforce the sulfur content limit of 0.10 percent m/m for fuel consumed onboard commercial vessels within the North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Areas (ECA).  The 0.50 percent m/m sulfur limit in fuel oil requirement will be enforced within U.S. ports outside of either ECA (e.g. Guam, Western Alaska).  Additionally, the Coast Guard will ensure compliance with the 0.50 percent m/m sulfur limit for fuel oil used outside either ECA. Commercial operators using an equivalent means such as exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) to meet MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14 should ensure that the vessel’s equipment is functioning properly.

Owners and operators of ships that call in the United States are encouraged to review the contents of CVC-WI-022 and its enclosed Job Aid.

Questions about this work instruction and guidance should be directed to CG-CVC@uscg.mil

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