Busan pushes for ECA status

Busan pushes for ECA status

South Korea’s top port is planning an emissions control area (ECA) ahead of the 2020 mandated sulphur regulations coming into place. Busan is looking at making ships call at its port use low sulphur fuel as part of the city’s overall drive to reduce pollution.

The local city government in association with the Busan Port Authority has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) to designate the Port of Busan as an ECA.

Busan, along with three other Korean ports, announced plans earlier this week to introduce cold ironing in another bid to cut ship emissions.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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