Ocean-Going Vessels - Fuel Rule

This page last reviewed November 21, 2013

Background:
This webpage provides information regarding a State of California regulation that requires the use of cleaner marine distillate fuels in ocean-going vessels that visit California seaports.  The California Air Resources Board adopted the regulation, “Fuel Sulfur and Other Operation Requirements for Ocean-Going Vessels within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline” on July 24, 2008.  This regulation is designed reduce particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen, and sulfur oxide emissions from ocean-going vessels; reductions that are necessary to improve air quality and public health in California.  This webpage is maintained to provide a single site to obtain information on regulatory notices and advisories, information on the regulatory status and rule-making, public workshops and meetings, and other related information.


What's New 

Posted November 21, 2013

  • Marine Notice 2013-1 has been issued regarding upcoming changes in the fuel sulfur requirements beginning January 1, 2014 and to remind operators that they must comply with both the California Ocean-Going Vessel Regulation and the North American Emission Control Area requirements.   

Posted July 2, 2012

  • Marine Notice 2012-1 has been issued regarding upcoming changes in the fuel sulfur requirements beginning August 1, 2012 and to remind operators that they must comply with both the California Ocean-Going Vessel Regulation and the North American Emission Control Area requirements.   

Posted June 21, 2012

  • The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff has developed Recommended Emissions Testing Guidelines for Ocean-going Vessels (guidelines) to provide testing guidance in support of control equipment manufacturers, Port programs and regulatory requirements.

Posted October 27, 2011



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