Sulphur content in bunker oil

From 1 January 2015 the limit of sulphur for all bunker oil on board ships  is set at a maximum of 0,10 % in the SECA area (Sulphur Emission Control Area).

The requirements as regards sulphur content in bunker oil is regulated in MARPOL, Annex VI (implemented in Swedish law by the Swedish Transport Agency's Regulations (TSFS 2010:96) on measures for the prevention of water pollution from ships) and by EG Directive 1999/32/EG (implemented in Swedish law by the Sulphur Ordinance (2014:509) and TSFS 2010:96). 

The Swedish Transport Agency is the surveying authority for controlling that the sulphur content in the bunker oil fulfils the requirements. The sulphur content is analysed by an accredited laboratory in accordance with ISO Standard 8754. Measures will be taken in case of violation.

SECA = Sulphur Emission Control Area
The Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel are areas subject to sulphur control. By the Baltic Sea is understood all water areas in the Baltic Proper including the Bothnian Bay, the Gulf of Finland and the entrance to the Baltic Sea up to the parallel of latitude through Skagen (the Skaw) in Skagerrak at 57°44'.8N (including Lake Vänern and Lake Vättern). By the North Sea is meant the North Sea proper, limited in the north by latitude 62°N and in the west by longitude 4°V, in the east by Skagerrak to latitude through Skagen at 57°44'.8N and in the south limited at the English Channel by latitude 48°30'N and longitude 5°V.