Kuehne + Nagel, a company committed to offer environmentally sound, sustainable and innovative solutions, would like to inform you that from 2015 every ship crossing the Emission Controlled Areas (ECA) must use fuel with a sulphur content of no more than 0.1%, which is a reduction of about 90% from the current SOx limit. 

What is SOx?

  • Sulphur Dioxide (SOx) is a toxic gas that arises while burning fossil-fuel
  • SOx causes respiratory implications and acid rain
  • Represents 7.0% of the global greenhouse gas emissions

Sulphur content in fuel oil

The European Union, United States and Canada decided, based on the Convention of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to implement Emission Controlled Areas (ECA). By 2015 a maximum sulphur level of 0.1% for fuel oil needs to be met within the ECA´s.

Where are the ECA located?

  • Baltic Sea Area
  • North Sea
  • North American Area
  • United States Caribbean Sea Area

What does this mean for the industry?

  • All shipping lines crossing the designated Emission Controlled Areas have to adhere to these legally binding regulations
  • Low sulphur fuel with 0.1% maximum sulphur content is far more expensive than currently used fuel oil
  • Vessel operator / ship-owners are facing major investments and increasing operational costs
  • The shipping industry will encounter extensive additional bunker costs to adhere to these new regulations
  • Customers are facing  additional costs as a result to the far more expensive low sulphur fuel

Main advantages gained from low sulphur limits

  • Direct improvement of air quality will be gained, particularly in densely populated coastal regions
  • Reduced environmental footprint for container shipments
  • Kuehne + Nagel customers can determine the environmental footprint for seafreight shipments by using the Kuehne + Nagel Global Seafreight Carbon Calculator (GSCC)