Fines of up to €12.7 million for breaching sulphur standard

Ireland has penalty systems in place that could see bunker suppliers and ships that are in breach of the MARPOL Annex VI sulphur regulations face fines of up to € 12.7 million, while penalties for breaching EU sulphur regulations range from € 5,000 to 300,000.

Ireland will be working on a total figure for sulphur inspections in 2016 of about 150 ships. Of these, thirty ships will have samples taken for lab analysis, according to a spokesperson for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The country is not bordering an emission control area, but as an EU member state, it is nevertheless required to inspect 10 per cent of ships calling at its ports for compliance with the EU sulphur directive, and to take fuel samples for sulphur testing from 20 per cent of the vessels subjected to such inspections.

Source: Sustainable Shipping Daily, 11 and 15 March 2016

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