Delayed entry into force of the new legislation regarding the world heritage fjords

  • Published: 28/12/2018

The entry into force of the new legislation was originally planned for 1 January 2019. As the consultation has to comply with the EU time limit requirements, the entry into force of the new legislation will be a little delayed and is now scheduled for the end of February 2019.

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) refers to the consultation circulated for comments on 29 October 2018, which includes proposed additions to the consultation of 4 June 2018.

In this new consultation, we are proposing that fuel being used when the ship is in the world heritage fjords, must have a sulphur content of maximum 0.10% by weight.

Furthermore, the proposed amendments include a prohibition against the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems in the world heritage fjords. The prohibition against the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems applies to both open, closed and hybrid systems. We are also proposing a prohibition against incineration of waste on board ships in the world heritage fjords.

Moreover, we are proposing that the NMA, upon written application from a company, may grant exemption for a ship from the Tier I requirements set out in MARPOL regulation VI/13, if it can be documented that the ship will comply with the Tier III requirements not later than 1 January 2022.

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