Next step in Danish control of SECA compliance. Photo: © Shutterstock – James Steidl
Denmark vows to shame sulphur cheats
Starting this year, ships and owners that violate sulphur regulations will be publicly named and shamed. In early December, Denmark adopted a new law that allows for increased fines and publication of the names of carriers that violate sulphur regulations. All Danish waters are within Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA) where only fuel with a sulphur content of max 0.1% is permitted.
Penalties for violating the sulphur limit range from DKK 30,000 to 300,000. The Danish EPA will impose a fine of DKK 200,000 if the sulphur content is between 0.50 and 0.99% and DKK 300,000 where sulphur content is 1% or above. It will be the most serious cases where shipping companies receive fines of more than DKK 200,000, which will be published.
Source: ShipInsight, 14 December 2018