Barcelona to host a conference on the future application of the SECA zone in southern Europe

Experts from the EU and representatives of the sectors involved -shipping lines, ports, shippers and transport companies will analyze the impact that regulations on sulfur emissions will have on the Mediterranean ports.

The Port of Barcelona and Transprime (Spanish Association of Businesses of Private Freight Transport with Major Users and Public Services) will jointly organize the seminar SECA – Impact of European sulfur regulations, to be held in the Barcelona World Trade Center on the 22 October. This conference will examine the consequences of the implantation of the SECA zone (Sulphur Emission Control Area) on ports in southern Europe by 2020, as announced by the European Commission (EC).

Within five years, all the maritime borders of the European Union will become SECA zones, although the southern Atlantic coast and the Mediterranean will be limited to an expected 0.5% sulfur in the fuel.The SECA (Sulphur Emission Control Area) areas are under strict control of emissions caused by ships. In these areas, currently the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the English Channel and East and West Coasts of the United States of America only have permission to sail ships powered by fuels with a content of 0.1% sulfur. as specified by EC regulations and Annex VI of the Marpol Convention on sulfur emissions from marine origin.
To comply with these regulations shipping companies now have several options: use fuel with the sulfur percentage established by the authorities; use filtration systems for smoke to pour less emissions of polluting gases percentage (SOx, NOx, ODS, VOC) into air than allowed; or use clean fuels, such as LNG.
The SECA seminar – Impact of European sulfur regulations will collect studies and evaluations conducted in the countries of northern Europe, where restrictions already apply and where there are SECA areas that allow fuels with 0.1% sulfur from 1 January 2015, and will bring together European specialists that provide different views of the sectors involved: the ports, shipping companies, shippers and governments. It will also present the work done so far by the European Sustainable Shipping Forum, the group of experts on this subject promoted by the EC.
The Port of Barcelona and Transprime have launched this conference aware tha today an irreplaceable factor for the growth and internationalization of the country, its shipping must be compatible with a clean logistical, competitive and quality.
The Port of Barcelona has undertaken several initiatives to reduce the impact generated by port activity on the environment and their surroundings. These include the BCN Carbon Zero program, which has the goal of by 2020 becoming the horizon of a carbon neutral port for the passage of goods; the promotion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel for trucks, ships and port machinery; or the Eco-calculator – the online service which calculate CO2 emissions from logistics chains and looks for alternative more sustainable routes.

Registration for the event is free. You can register online through the following link:

More information: Tel. 93 306 65 48 or e-mail:

Simultaneous translation will be provided.