Regulations on sulphur emissions for seagoing vessels
The Ghent-Terneuzen Canal falls within the SECA (Sulphur Emission Control Area) North Sea region within which since 1 July 2010 the emissions of sulphurous fuels by seagoing vessels had to be reduced from 1.5% sulphur oxide to 1% sulphur oxide (SOX).
Article 4 of the European directive 2005/33/EC compels since 2005 that vessels taking up a berth in a European port have to use fuels emitting only 0.1% sulphur oxide. Consequently, once a ship has moored at a quay or jetty, it has to switch to another fuel producing only a 0.1% sulphur emission.
The obligation to change to a 0.1% sulphur emission for navigation in the SECA North Sea region and consequently also on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal will become effective at the earliest on 1 January 2015.
Via this link you can find the entire text of the European directive 1999/32/EC on a reduction of the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels.