ShippingInsight Fleet Optimization Conference to Address Compliance Strategies for Mandatory Emission Reductions
The North American Emission Control Area, which came into effect today (August 1) will have a far-reaching impact on the cost of operating ships. Compliance strategies and best practices will be hot topics at the upcoming ShippingInsight Fleet Optimization Conference.
Ships can comply with the SOx requirements by switching to low-sulphur fuel oil, installing approved scrubber technology or alternate fuels such as LNG. Marine diesel engines installed on ships built after January 1, 2011, must meet the MARPOL Tier II standards for NOx emissions, and ships built after January 1, 2016 will have to meet the more stringent Tier III NOx standard.
Ships not meeting the standards will presumably have to be routed around the ECA compliance zones. This will of course be impossible for ships trading in U.S. ports or in much of Northern Europe.
It's interesting to note that at least one ship routing software supplier, Applied Weather Technology, announced today that ECA zones will be displayed on their voyage planning screens.
As fleets struggle to reduce the rising costs of ship operation, the costs of regulatory comopliance will have to be weighed with the other variables to optimize efficiency.
I encourage you to attend the 2012 ShippingInsight Fleet Optimization Conference, where the costs and strategies for regulatory compliance will be discussed. The conference will take place October 9-10 in Stamford, Connecticut. You can register online and take advantage of early-bird discounts. www.shippinginsight.com.