Major MARPOL Annex VI amendments effective from 1 July 2010

In this post we present amendments of Marpol Annex VI regulations 2,6,12,13,14,15 and 16. Amendments are effective as from 1 July 2010.

Regulation 6: Issue or Endorsement of a Certificate
New type of IAPP certificate to be issued for vessels constructed (keel laying date) after 1 July 2010.
For vessel with keel laying date before 1 July 2010 no later than first scheduled dry dock after 1 July 2010 but in no case later than three years after that date.

Regulation 2: Definitions
“SOx Emission Control Areas” (SECAs) to be renamed “Emission Control Areas” (ECAs). ECAs are areas with controlled SOx and NOx emission.

Regulation 12: Ozone Depleting Substances
Each vessel of 400GT and above should have ODS record book and list of equipment containing ODS. Read more in our
ODS post

Regulation 13: Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)
From 1 July 2010 there will be three emission limits for engines Tier I, II, III
Engines with power output more than 130 kW will have to be equipped with respective EIAPP certificate and approved NOx technical file.

Tier I: is the current NOx emission limit
It applies to engines with a power output of more than 130 kW installed on a ship constructed (keel laying date) on or after 2000-01-01 and before 2011-01-01, and to major engine conversions performed between these dates, even if the keel laying date of the ship was earlier. From 2010-07-01, Tier I will also be applicable to engines with a power output of more than 5,000 kW and a per cylinder displacement of more than 90 litres, installed on ships constructed on or after 1990-01-01 and before 2000-01-01, provided that an approved method (NOx reduction method) for that engine has been certified by a Party to Annex VI, was notified to IMO, and is commercially available. In this case, carriage of an “approved method file” instead of an EIAPP certificate and technical file is obligatory.

Tier II: Apply to engines installed on ships on or after 1 January 2011
Apply to engines installed on ships constructed on or after 1/1/2011 or to non identical engine replacement on or after this date.

Tier III: Apply to engines installed on ships on or after 1 January 2016 operating in ECAs
Apply to engines installed on ships constructed on or after 1/1/2016 or to non identical engine replacement on or after this date. This is applicable only if vessels are operating in ECAs. Outside ECAs, Tier II is applicable.

Regulation 14: Sulphur Oxides (SOx) & particulate matter (PM)
Sulphur content shall not exceed:
-4.5% prior to 1/1/2012
-3.5% on or after 1/1/2012
-0.5% on or after 1/1/2020

In ECAs the sulphur content should not exceed:
-1.5% prior to 1/7/2010
-1.0% on or after 1/7/2010
-0.1% on or after 1/1/2015

Mandatory written fuel oil change over procedures should be available on board after 1 July 2010. Read more and download a calculator from our
previous post
Regulation 15: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
Tankers caring crude oil should have an approved VOC management plan. The plan has to be ship specific and must have written procedures for minimizing VOC emissions. Read more in our previous
VOC post

Regulation 16: Ship board Incinerator
Additionally to existing prohibited by Marpol Annex VI substances the following are not permitted to be incinerated.
-Sewage sludge
-Sludge oil that is not generated on board
-Exhaust gas cleaning system residues