The U.S. Coast Guard together with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon take action to ensure compliance with the forthcoming 0.1 percent fuel sulphur limits in the North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Areas (ECA).
The Coast Guard will continue to check Bunker Delivery Notes and other records during Port State and Flag State visits to vessels. The Coast Guard and EPA are developing plans for joint boardings of vessels as well, that will include fuel oil sampling and in-the-field screening for sulphur levels.
“We will be coordinated in our efforts to ensure compliance with the new requirements effective January 1, 2015,” said Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for Prevention Policy at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. “That includes working with EPA to actively check for compliance and taking appropriate enforcement action.”
Maritime Commons will continue to provide updates as details of the Coast Guard and EPA ECA enforcement and compliance plans are available.
“Working closely with our partners at the Coast Guard, we’re stepping up our compliance efforts and will take targeted enforcement actions when necessary,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “Making sure that everyone plays by the rules will help level the playing field for companies that comply, while reducing harmful air pollution in coastal and inland communities.”