Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
Research article
11 Apr 2019
Research article |  | 11 Apr 2019

Compliance and port air quality features with respect to ship fuel switching regulation: a field observation campaign, SEISO-Bohai

Yanni Zhang, Fanyuan Deng, Hanyang Man, Mingliang Fu, Zhaofeng Lv, Qian Xiao, Xinxin Jin, Shuai Liu, Kebin He, and Huan Liu

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This study reports the improvement of air quality in port areas following the implementation of a marine fuel quality regulation. We found that the monitoring of NOx and SO2 concentrations in ship plumes could indicate whether a ship had switched to low-sulphur fuel or not. Results showed that most ships complied with the fuel regulation, which reduced the SO2 emissions by 75 %. After regulation, vanadium, which was used as marker for shipping emissions, decreased significantly (by 97.1 %).
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