North American ECA comes into effect

The Emissions Control Area (ECA) surrounding North America came into effect on 1 August, meaning that all ships operating within 200 nautical miles of the United States and Canada coastline must use marine fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 1.00 per cent by weight.

When applying to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for designation of this sea area as an ECA, the US Environment Protection Agency estimated the annual overall cost of the ECA at US$3.2 billion in 2020, compared to the monetised health-related benefits in the US which were estimated to amount to up to US$110 billion in that same year.

Source: Sustainable Shipping News 1 August 2012

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