Iceland creates 0.1% SECA

Iceland has enacted a strict sulphur emissions control area (SECA) whereby ships calling at the island from next year will only be allowed to burn 0.1% sulphur content fuel.

The nation’s minister for the environment and natural resources, Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, commented: “Vessels can use light types of oil fuel until they switch to other energy sources. I hope this will happen in the near future but heavy fuel oil is the filthiest, therefore it is extremely important to stop its use.”

Iceland had first drafted its SECA regulation in May this year.

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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