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02 September, 2020

South Korea Emissions Reductions

Finally, South Korea is to tighten its Sulphur cap for ships calling at six ports in the country as well as neighboring waters.

A 0.1% sulphur limit in marine fuels on board ships in designated emissions control areas, or SECAs, is to be rolled out across the ports of Incheon, Pyeongtaek-Dangjin, Yeosu, Gwangyang, Busan and Ulsan and their nearby water, a statement from the Korean Register said.

Ships will initially be required to switch to 0.1% sulphur fuels within one hour of anchoring and mooring in these areas. They will have to continue burning such compliant fuels for up to one hour before completing heaving in anchor or de-berthing. 

The full regulatory cap will come into force from January 1, 2022 when ships have to burn compliant fuels on entering and until departing the SECAs.

Guidance to SOx Emission Control Area in Korea ports effective from Sept. 01, 2020