Embassy Logistic Terms: ECA

Since January 1st, 2015, only vessels with a sulphur content of the fuel lower than 0.1% are allowed to sail through Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

These areas currently cover the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the east and west coasts of the United States (US), Canada and parts of Asia.

A different rule applies to the rest of the world: according to the IMO 2020 regulation, marine fuel may still contain 0.5% sulphur from 1 January 2020.

The ECA areas are also referred to as SECA: Sulfur Emission Control Areas.

Carriers charge a fee to cover the costs for this more expensive fuel variant. These surcharges are called LSS (Low Sulphur Surcharge), LSF (Low Suphur Fuel) or ECA Surcharge.

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