Currently in the European ECA vessels must use distillate fuels with less than 0,10% of sulfur. In the American ECA the rule is the same but the vessels must also achieve the Tier III stage for NOx emissions (Nitrogen Oxides).
On top of that vessels, much show they are using EAL when calling American ports. In the regulated zones of China, it is scheduled to decrease the sulfur content of the fuel from 0,5% now to 0,1% in 2020.
The latest zones listed below:
The North American area comprises:
- The sea area located off the Pacific coasts of the United States and Canada
- The sea areas located off the Atlantic coasts of the United States, Canada, and France (Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon) and the Gulf of Mexico coast of the United States
- The sea area located off the coasts of the Hawaiian Islands
The Baltic Sea area
The North Sea area
The China ECA zone comprises:
- The Pearl River Delta,
- The Yangtze River Delta,
- The Bohai Bay