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EnviSuM Learning Cafe

  • Lokomotivhallerne 5 Otto Busses Vej København, 2450 Denmark (map)

Sulphur Emission Control Areas
- The economic, environmental and technical impacts on the shipping industry

What are the new business opportunities in SECA? How do we monitor compliance? What are the pros and cons of different technical abatement technologies? And what are the health and environmental effects?

These are the central questions that we will discuss during the EnviSuM Learning Café, which will be held during the Danish Maritime Days 2016. The Learning Café is a stakeholders forum for the maritime industry. The target group is producers and vendors of maritime equipment and services, ship-owners, authorities, researchers as well as maritime organisations.

During the Learning Café there will be 4 discussion tables on the topics:

Table 1: New business opportunities related to sulphur reduction

Requirements on sulphur reduction are perceived as the most expensive regulation ever passed by the IMO and comes with high costs for the shipping industry, especially when a global cap will enter into force in 2020-2025. On the other hand, it also provides the possibility for developing and testing new abatement technologies in the Baltic and North Seas and exporting these to the rest of the world later on.

Table 2 Technical performance of different abatement technologies

Ship owners and producers of maritime equipment have developed various technologies to comply with SECA such as LNG, dry and wet scrubbers, methanol as well as low-sulfur bunker oils. 

Table 3: SOx compliance monitoring

After the 0.1% sulphur limit in SECAs entered into force in 2015, developing an efficient Compliance Monitoring system of air emissions has become a cornerstone in order to secure a leveled playing field for the maritime industry. However, there are many technical, economic and regulative issues that need to be solved.

Table 4 Health and environment – socio economic effects of SECA

The main purpose of SECA regulation is to improve the human health by improving air quality. Especially cardio-vascular diseases are supposed to decrease due to lower number of harmful particulates. The effects to natural environment are not expected to be so pronounced. Do you think it is worthwhile to study such effects after the regulation? And how?


Participation is free of charge.


Time and Venue:
October 26th, 2016, 9:00-12.00 at The Danish Maritime Fair, Lokomotivhallerne, Otto Busses Vej 5A, Copenhagen 2450 SV. See also

About the EnviSuM Project:
The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and aims at:

  • Studying technical efficiency and social-economic impacts of clean shipping solutions.
  • Provide policy makers and authorities with tools and recommendations for development of future environmental regulations.
  • Guidance to support future investment decisions for the shipping sector.
  • Measurement and modeling strategies to assess present and future cost, the health
  • and environmental effects of ship emissions.

    Learn more about the EnviSuM Project here.

Contact information:
Jan Boyesen, Head of Development, Maritime Development Center of Europe - Telephone: +45 2875 4081, E-mail:

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