New air pollution regulations apply from 1 January 2023
Changes to air pollution regulations are now in place. MO97 deals with the prevention of air pollution from vessels and gives effect to the MARPOL Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from ships (Annex VI).
The changes are the result of an AMSA review of Marine Order 97 (MO97) that included public consultation in March 2022, and again between August-October 2022.
MO97 requires an engine international air pollution prevention (EIAPP) certificate and associated technical file to be issued for all marine diesel engines with a power output of more than 130kW. For DCVs, this requirement applies to all marine diesel engines installed or that undergo a major conversion from 1 January 2023.
The re-issue of MO97 implements a new short-term measure adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reduce the carbon intensity of by 40 per cent by 2030, compared to 2008 levels.
The Fishing Vessels – Engine International Air Pollution Prevention (EIAPP) Certificate applies to:
- Owners looking to install a new diesel engine with a power output of more than 130kW
- Owners looking to do a major conversion on their existing diesel engine with a power output of more than 130kW
- Suppliers of marine diesel engines to domestic commercial vessel (DCV) or recreational vessels with a power output of over 130kW
- People who carry out a major conversion on marine diesel engines for DCVs or recreational vessels with a power output of over 130kW
- People intending to construct a new domestic commercial vessel (DCV) and install diesel engines with a power output of more than 130kW
Diesel engine suppliers, and persons who carry out a major conversions, will be required to provide an EIAPP certificate and the technical file with any new marine diesel engine with a power output of more than 130kW for installation on a DCV or certain recreational vessels.
Existing marine diesel engines installed before 1 January 2023 don’t require an EIAPP certificate or associated technical file. However, they will be required to obtain an EIAPP certificate and technical file for each diesel engine with a power output of more than 130kW on the vessel if:
- The engine undergoes a major conversion after 1 January 2023, or
- The vessel intends to undertake an overseas voyage (for example, to undertake maintenance or on a delivery voyage).
Note: From 1 January 2023, Exemption 44–Marine Safety (Domestic commercial vessels – EIAPP Certificate) (Ex44) will no longer be applicable to MO97. However, EX44 will remain applicable to MO503.
You’ll find more information on EIAPP Certificate here.