IBIA Advises Members of Changes to EU Distillate Sulphur Limits

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) reports that, for the period from August 11, 2006 until December 31, 2007, the 0.2 per cent sulphur limit on distillate fuel consumed by ships applies only to marine gas oils used in EU territory with a viscosity or density falling within the ranges defined for DMX and DMA grades under ISO 8217. The exemption for Greece and the outermost regions continues to apply.

DMX is a special light distillate intended mainly for use in emergency engines, while DMA (also called MGO) is a general-purpose marine distillate that must be free from traces of residual fuel.

IBIA, which has kept its members up-to-date with these developments, notes that, for DMB (marine diesel oil) and DMC (which may contain significant amounts of residual fuel), the 0.2 per cent sulphur limit in EU territory is dropped, and a less stringent 1.5 per cent sulphur cap is introduced for fuels placed on the market in EU member states’ territory.

This is to allow the use of marine diesel oils to comply with the requirements in Sox Emission Control Areas, in case supplies of 1.5 per cent heavy fuel oil are insufficient. The end date of 31 December 2007 does not apply to the dropping of the 0.2 per cent sulphur limit for DMB and DMC.

Article 4a of Directive 2005/33/EC stipulates that member states shall ensure that marine diesel oils are not placed on the market in their territory if their sulphur content exceeds 1.5 per cent by mass. However, for DMA and DMX, from January 1, 2008 until December 31, 2009, a 0.1 per cent sulphur limit applies to marine gas oils used in EU territory with a viscosity or density falling within the ranges defined for DMX and DMA grades under ISO 8217. The exemption for Greece and the outermost regions continues to apply.

About IBIA

Founded in 1993, IBIA is the trade association of the global bunker industry. Its membership is drawn from bunker buyers, traders, brokers, suppliers and service companies worldwide. IBIA is dedicated to promoting quality and professionalism in international bunkering, and is engaged in a series of long-term initiatives designed to raise standards in the industry.

For more information:
Ian Adams
IBIA
+44 (0) 2380 226 555
ian.adams@ibia.net