Norway delays entry of emissions cap in world heritage fjords

Norway delays entry of emissions cap in world heritage fjords

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has announced that implementation of its legislation regarding a 0.1 per cent sulphur cap for vessels operating in the world heritage fjords has been delayed until February 2019.

The sulphur cap was originally planned to enter into force on January 1, 2019. As the consultation has to comply with the EU time limit requirements, the entry into force of the new legislation is now scheduled for the end of February this year.

The proposed amendments include a prohibition against the use of scrubbers in the world heritage fjords. The prohibition applies to both open, closed and hybrid systems. The NMA is also proposing a prohibition against incineration of waste on board ships in the world heritage fjords.

The NMA also proposes that upon written application from a company, it 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 January 1, 2022.