Sulphur Emission Control Areas

Since January 2015, all vessels operating in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) also referred to as Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA), have had to ensure that their emissions are reduced.

In order to meet these regulations, vessel operators are required to use a low sulphur fuel or install a scrubber to remove sulphur from exhaust emissions.

To help ship owners and operators meet regulations for vessels operating in Emission Control Areas (ECAs), certain major suppliers have developed a new category of low sulphur fuels, which currently aim to resolve current sulphur issues. Alternatively vessels can use 0.10% sulphur Marine Gas Oil, which is available at numerous ports worldwide.

The MARPOL Annex 6 regulations are part of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from ships (Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships). The ECA it has established are the Baltic Sea area, the North Sea area, the North American area (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada) and the United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands).

The below ECA map identifies current emission control areas.

About Us

HMF Marine are a worldwide bunker fuel supplier based in London. We have been in operation for over 15 years and have grown our business from recommendations from oil & shipping professionals. HMF Marine was founded on an in-depth knowledge of the marine fuel trade and excels in providing supplies to vessels around the world.

Our Expertise

Steve Hall, has worked in the shipping and marine fuel industry for over 35 years. He founded HMF Marine in 2004, in order to provide a reliable 24 hour global marine fuel & lubricant service.


Bunkers & lubricants are delivered in accordance with your vessels operations. We provide a supply service either as a previously booked stem or as an around the clock emergency supply . Deliveries can be made in port (Ex barge/Truck or Wharf), Outer Port Limits (OPL) and High Seas where permitted


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