Fathom and LR produce guide to emission control areas

19 Apr 2012

Fathom, a provider of market intelligence products and services, has joined with Lloyd's Register to produce a 111-page guide to ECAs (emission control areas).

The guide, which is accompanied by an onboard ECA manual, details the full scope of challenges of operating within an ECA - from analysis of compliance options to the practical steps of implementing ECA measures onboard, and capturing and recording data for Port State Control requirements.

The 0.10% 2015 ECA sulphur emission requirements are approaching and the August 2012 1.00% North American ECA is only months away, and yet, according to Fathom, some ship owners and operators are still unsure of the operational practices required to meet the legislation and currently crews, when required to do so, are implementing these practices sporadically and without strategy. With the imminent North American ECA and the clock counting down to the more stringent requirements of 2015, Fathom and Lloyd’s Register have worked to compile one comprehensive reference manual for what owners, operators and crews need to know to run an ECA compliant vessel.

The publication is split into two parts, a decision support reference guide on the accepted methods to ensure ECA compliance, and a thorough onboard guide to ECA zones, fuel switching, as well as reporting compliance. The Guide also includes an updated 2012 edition of the Lloyd’s Register Sulphur Record Book.

Part 1 is a summary of ECA legislation details and gives an independent outline of the benefits and challenges of each of the three currently available methods that will be used to achieve compliancy; switching to lower sulphur fuel, exhaust gas cleaning systems, and the use of LNG. Part 2, for use on-board vessels, available as a standalone publication, is a complete analysis of ECA areas and the challenges of fuel switching from an on-board perspective. Designed to provide a durable and comprehensive reference manual for ECA-coordinates, switchover considerations and procedures, statutory sampling, and record keeping, this publication has the added benefit of a Lloyd's Register Sulphur Record Book 2012 included. 

The Sulphur Record Book, updated with the latest regulatory requirements, provides a tool for the demonstration of compliance for Port State Control inspections.

Alison Jarabo, managing director of Fathom, commented: “ECA regulations present significant challenges to ship owners and operators, particularly at a time when they are also worried by issues related to the current economic downturn and financial volatility. The ongoing debate on fuel switching, scrubbers and LNG, and which is the most appropriate solution in individual cases to use is providing owners and operators with the need to make unprecedented decisions. Our aim with Emission Control Areas: The Guide is to assist a company with what it needs to know, from senior management to the engineer on-board, and provide them with the knowledge to be able to make a decision that’s right for their business, so that that they can be prepared for change, rather than hampered by it, and avoid facing serious legal as well as operational issues. ”

Tim Wilson, principal specialist engineer, product manager FOBAS Services commented: “The guide fulfils a much needed ‘knowledge gap’ on operational and compliancy requirements in ECAs. Our experience of working with owners and operators has given us a key insight into the issues and challenges they face on a day-to-day basis, and we know that they are concerned about the best strategy to adopt when transiting an ECA. We have collaborated with Fathom to help fill this knowledge gap and provide the industry with much needed information on the whole process of becoming ECA compliant from the first decision from the board room to statutory reporting on the vessel.”

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