• Update on North American Emission Control Area Enforcement and Fuel Availability Guidance
  • July 20, 2012 | Authors: Jeanne M. Grasso; Dana S. Merkel; Jonathan K. Waldron
  • Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP - Washington Office
  • Enforcement of the North American Emission Control Area (“ECA”) begins August 1, 2012. All vessels subject to MARPOL, with certain exceptions, will be required to utilize fuel oil with a sulfur content not exceeding 1.00% (10,000 ppm) while operating in the North American ECA or install and use an equivalent compliance method approved by its flag State. Recent Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) guidance provides insight on EPA’s intentions with regard to addressing ECA compliant fuel oil availability. The following is a summary of the key enforcement guidance and EPA’s guidance on fuel oil availability.