1 January 2015 is the date when the new EU Sulphur Directive is going to come into force. Prof. Tadeusz Borkowski explained its consequences in Gazeta Prawna (Law Daily).
The maximum sulphur content allowed in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel has been 1.0% as summer 2010 and will be lowered to just 0.1% at the beginning of 2015. In practice, this means that ships will have to start using diesel fuels in place of the heavy fuel oil they now use. As Prof. Borkowski explained, the main task of the BSR InnoShip is to look for solutions decreasing sulphur emission and one of them is to reduce speed.