The impact of SECA regulations on clean shiping in the BSR: First empiric results from EnviSuM project

01/25/2017 - 11:00-01/25/2017 - 12:15


Eunice Omolola Olaniyi
(Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)
Gunnar Prause
(Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)
Jan Boyesen
(Maritime Development Center of Europe, Copenhagen Denmark)


Regulatory Framework (Part B)

Francesco Munari

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Parliament (EP) decided in 2005 and 2012 to establish Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA) in Northern Europe where operating ships from 2015 must use fuel with low sulphur content not exceeding 0.1% (IMO2011). Some of the first reactions have been seen with vessels operating in the Baltic Sea who had switched to low sulphur content fuel, bio fuel or LNG. Meanwhile, the SECA regulations had spurred intensive discussions that the regulation somewhat seems to have created some economic disadvantages to maritime stakeholders who must comply with strict regulations which competitors in other parts of the world are not subjected to (Notteboom, 2010).

At the end of 2015, European Union approved in the frame of the BSR Interreg Programme the “EnviSuM (Environmental impact of Low Emission Shipping Measurements and Modelling Strategies) project” aiming to study and assess the technical efficiency and the socio-economic impacts of clean shipping solutions in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The project has just initiated its first empiric activities comprising expert interviews and a BSR – wide survey on economic impacts of Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) regulations on maritime stakeholders.

This paper presents the first results on measures taken by stakeholders towards sulphur emission reduction and stakeholders impressions of the financial impact of SECA regulations on their businesses and BSR. This contribution will improve the development of future environmental regulations in the maritime industry for increased innovation capacity for cleaner and more cost effective shipping in the BSR.