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The MarineTraffic family of Layers has introduced a environmentally important layer, the ECA Zones layer, that you can use to improve your situational awareness. As with all layers, you can combine it with any of the available Map Types or other MarineTraffic features (Fleets, Filters, Layers) to get the information you want directly on the Live Map.
For your information, Emission Control Areas (ECAs) are sea areas in which stricter controls were set up to limit airborne emissions from the vessels sailing in them. These regulations originated from concerns about the contribution of the shipping industry to local and global air pollution and ecological problems. These strict rules come into effect under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution form ships (MARPOL) Annex VI (Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships), specifically under regulation 14, which covers emissions of Sulphur Oxides (SOx) and particulate matter from ships. These requirements were adopted in October 2008 by consensus and entered into force in July 2010.
ECA Zones apply to:
- the North American area (including most of the US and Canadian coast and the area surrounding the US Caribbean territory)
- the Baltic Sea
- the North Sea
To activate it, simply click on the corresponding checkbox in the Layers section of the Live Map Toolbar.