In a proactive response to this, Goltens expanded its competency beyond the ballast water space and made further investments to help our customers navigate this complex and costly compliance process. Compliance with IMO ECA regulations pertaining to sulphur emissions is becoming a large concern for owners, and unlike the regulations affecting ballast water treatment, these regulations are in full effect with additional deadlines approaching. For the existing fleet, this means retrofit and the consideration of a range of possible compliance solutions ranging from exhaust scrubbers to fuel conversion and boiler retrofit options. Goltens Green Technologies (GGT) is using the same proven process to consult and retrofit these technologies with the same focus on limiting the cost and operational impact to owners.
Sulphur emission control legislation related to MARPOL Annex VI has been in effect for quite some time within designated Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA or ECA). These SECAs are areas where strict controls to minimize sulphur emissions from vessels were established. The SECAs in effect are the Baltic Sea (2005), the North Sea (2006), US and Canada (2011) and the U.S. Caribbean (2013). Within these areas sulphur limits for fuel have gradually been reduced from 1.5% prior to 2010 to a limit of 0.10% starting in 2015. As a result, to date these regulations have largely affected only vessels trading within the ECAs.
The rest of the world’s fleet will feel the impact of the legislation in 2020 when sulphur limits are scheduled to drop globally to 0.5%.