Focused inspections by Transport Canada officers, regarding North America ECA requirements

As from 1st August 2012 transport Canada Port State Control Officers will check compliance with North America Emission Control Area (ECA).

Description of the requirement

North America Emission Control Area has entered in to force 1st August 2011 but an exemption for SOx and PM Particulate Matter has been handed for 12 months ending 1st August 2012.

Under this regulation, all ships sailing within 200 nautical miles of the North American coastline, including Canada, will be required to use fuel oil with maximum sulphur content of 1%. IMO circular with detailed description of North America ECA.

In the initial stage, Canadian PSCOs will check relevant documentation the ship should be carrying.

First of all, they will check the ship's bunker delivery receipt, to verify sulphur content of fuel oil supplied, and also the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for fuel oil.

Bunker suppliers are responsible for providing ships with the MSDS for marine fuel oils prior to loading or bunkering, and for stating the sulphur content of all delivered fuels on the bunker delivery note (BDN).

Canadian PSCOs will also check the ship's record of fuel oil changeover procedures prior entering into ECA, and the record of shipboard incinerator usage.

The Canadian ECA circular also listed the following certificates/documents ships are required to have:
- International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) certificate
- Engine International Air Pollution Prevention (EIAPP) certificate
- Technical file of each applicable marine diesel engine
- Record book of engine parameters for each marine diesel engine
- Written procedures covering fuel oil change oil operations

Transport Canada officials have previously advised that operators failing to provide documentation could be fined anywhere from $1,000 to $25,000.

Relavent IMO publication regarding North America ECA:
INFORMATION ON NORTH AMERICAN EMISSION CONTROL AREA (ECA) UNDER MARPOL ANNEX VI