EC Extends Ship Retrofit Time

3 January 2010 (Last Updated January 3rd, 2010 18:30)

The European Commission has granted an eight-month extension for ships to make technical modifications to facilitate the consumption of sulphur in fuel. An EU directive, effective from 1 January, requires ships at berth in European Union community ports to use marine fuels with a max

The European Commission has granted an eight-month
extension for ships to make technical modifications to facilitate the consumption of sulphur in fuel.

An EU directive, effective from 1 January, requires ships at berth in European Union community ports to use marine fuels with a maximum 0.1% sulphur content.

EU member states can request ships to provide detailed evidence of the steps they are taking to achieve compliance, according to the directive.