What is the meaning of the abbreviations ECA, VLSFO and LSF ?

18 Oct 2019

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Embassy Logistic Terms: ECA

Since January 1st, 2015, only vessels with a sulphur content of the fuel lower than 0.1% are allowed to sail through Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

These areas currently cover the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the east and west coasts of the United States (US), Canada and parts of Asia.

A different rule applies to the rest of the world: according to the IMO 2020 regulation, marine fuel may still contain 0.5% sulphur from 1 January 2020.

The ECA areas are also referred to as SECA: Sulfur Emission Control Areas.

Carriers charge a fee to cover the costs for this more expensive fuel variant. These surcharges are called LSS (Low Sulphur Surcharge), LSF (Low Suphur Fuel) or ECA Surcharge.

Embassy Logistic Terms: VLSFO

Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) or Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO)

This type of marine fuel contains less sulphur and therefore complies with the IMO 2020 regulations.

Embassy Logistic Terms: LSF

Low Sulphur Surcharge, also known as Low Sulphur Fuel Surcharge, LSS or LSF, was introduced in January 2015 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reduce the amount of sulphur-containing fuel used by vessels.

Carriers charge a fee to cover the costs for this more expensive fuel type. These fees are called LSS, LSF or ECA (Emission Control Area) Surcharge.

The LS surcharge is not a fixed amount; it varies by carrier and routing.

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