January 29, 2015
On January 19, 2015 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced it has fined four shipping companies a combined $146,719 for failing to switch from bunker fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters – within 24 nautical miles of the California coast.
Adopted in 2008, the Ocean-Going Vessels Fuel Rule was designed to reduce fine particulate pollution, oxides of nitrogen and sulfur oxide emissions from ocean-going vessels to improve air quality and public health in California.
The companies listed below were fined for either failing to switch to cleaner fuel within regulated waters, or for switching fuels in an untimely manner. They all took prompt action after being notified of the violations, and, under ARB’s supervision, are complying with state law.
- Wealth Ocean Ship Management Co., Ltd. (China) – $27,750 Vessel name: Uni Auc One
- China Shipping Container Lines (China) – $35,719 Vessel name: Xin Mei Zhou
- Liberty One Ship Management (Germany) – $53,000 Vessel name: BBC Arizona
- Kitaura Kaiun Co., Ltd. (Japan) – $30,250 Vessel name: Ocean Seagull
What this means to you
California is monitoring, and then fining, shipping companies who fail to switch from bunker fuel to low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering California waters – 24 miles from the California coast.
MIRATECH can help
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