South Korea is the latest country to announce the designation of national sulphur emission control areas which will enter into force on 1 September 2020
South Korean sulphur restrictions will apply to the following six ports:
- Busan port
- Incheon port
- Ulsan port
- Yeosu port
- Gwangyang port (including Hadong port)
- Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port
A national sulphur emission control area has been also defined for each port.
Initially, from 1 September 2020, ships will have to switch to fuel oil not exceeding a sulphur content of 0.10% from one hour after completion of anchoring or mooring to one hour before completion of heaving up the anchor or de-berthing.
From 1 January 2022, the requirement within the national sulphur emission control areas will be tightened and ships will have to switch to fuel oil not exceeding a sulphur content of 0.10% from entering a national sulphur emission control areas until having left.
The initiative of South Korea will support the IMO 2020 low sulphur regulation