South Korea declares local SECAs

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The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is the latest country to announce the designation of national sulphur emission control areas which will enter into force on 1 September 2020.

The national South Korean sulphur restrictions will apply to the following six ports and a national sulphur emission control area has been defined for each port:

  • Busan port
  • Incheon port
  • Ulsan port
  • Yeosu port
  • Gwangyang port (including Hadong port)
  • Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port

Initially, from 1 September 2020, ships will have to switch to fuel oil not exceeding a sulphur content of 0.10% from one hour after completion of anchoring or mooring to one hour before completion of heaving up the anchor or unmooring.

From 1 January 2022, the requirement within the national sulphur emission control areas will be tightened and ships will have to switch to fuel oil not exceeding a sulphur content of 0.10% from entering an national sulphur emission control areas until having left.

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