Commercial Marine Vessels

This page last October 28, 2015


Background:

Marines Vessels This area of the Off-Road Mobile Sources website pertains to regulatory activities to reduce diesel particulate matter (PM), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions from commercial marine vessels, which includes both ocean-going ships and commercial harbor craft. To find out more about the various regulatory activities and related information pertaining to harbor craft and ocean-going vessels, please see the links to the left and below. ship



What's New 

Posted October 28, 2015

  • Guidance for Vessel Operators Utilizing the Research Exemption to Use Fuel at or Below 0.1% Sulfur That Does Not Meet Specifications for Distillate Fuel Grades in the California OGV Fuel Rule   

Posted August 8, 2014

  • Marine Notice 2014-1 has been issued providing guidance that will allow vessels to comply with the California Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel Regulation when they are complying with the North American Emission Control Area using alternative emission control technologies or non-distillate low sulfur (≤ 0.1% S) marine fuels.  

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 August 8, 2012

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 March 16, 2012

  • The California Air Resource Board (ARB) received $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to assist small business owners with replacement of marine vessels or marine vessel diesel engines with cleaner, less-polluting engines.  The Loan Assistance Program is to encourage small business owners to upgrade their marine vessels for early compliance with ARB's Comercial Harbor Craft Regulation (CHC Regulation).