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maritime -- Notice to vessel operators complying with the Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation using ultra low sulfur fuel oil Posted: 28 Oct 2015 16:11:11
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff issued an advisory (Marine Notice 2015-1) to vessel operators using ultra low sulfur fuel oil (ULSFO) to comply with the Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation. ARB staff found potential violations of the fuel sulfur limit when using these fuels. It is possible that some of the violations are due to contamination of ULSFO at or near the 0.1 percent sulfur limit with higher sulfur fuels remaining in tanks, piping, and associated fuel handling equipment on board the vessel. The advisory provides guidance that vessel operators can consider, in consultation with vessel manufacturers, fuel suppliers, and others, to reduce the likelihood that ULSFO will exceed the 0.1 percent sulfur limit, as used on the vessel. Marine Notice 2015-1 is available here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/marinevess.htm All marine notices, advisories and alerts for the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation can be found at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/ogv/ogvadvisories.htm Other information for marine vessel programs is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/ogv.htm Background: The California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation provides significant air quality benefits by requiring vessel operators to use cleaner fuel when visiting California ports. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Milkey at (916) 327-2957, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.