South Korea declares local SECAs

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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