Shipper fined US$ 130,000 for violating sulphur regulation

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has fined the China Navigation Co. Pte. Ltd. US$ 129,500 for failure to switch its engines over from heavy bunker fuel to cleaner, low-sulphur fuel when close to the California coast, as required by state law. In December 2012, the vessel Chenan operated within Regulated California Waters (i.e. 24 miles or less from the coast) on non-compliant heavy fuel oil on 12 separate days (four voyages) while en route to and departing from the Port of Los Angeles.

CARB conducts an estimated 800 to 1,000 ship inspections each year, checking for proper fuel usage, record-keeping and other compliance requirements. Part of the inspection involves sampling each vessel’s fuel, and analyzing the fuel sample.

Source: CARB news release, 3 March 2016

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