California Air Resources Board Fines Shipping Companies $476,750K for burning bunker fuel in California waters
This was shared by Jesse Marquez, Executive Director of the Coalition For A Safe Environment (CFASE) a nonprofit community-based organization based in Wilmington, CA that seeks to improve environmental health and justice in the Harbor communities near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Shippers fined $476,750K for violating fuel regulation
Ocean-going vessels must use cleaner diesel within Regulated California Waters
SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board has fined 12 shipping companies a combined $476,750 USD for failure to switch from dirty diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters, as required by state law.
“Our regulations mandating use of cleaner fuel by ocean-going vessels have greatly helped to improve air quality not only in coastal communities, but also in inland areas,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “Studies have shown that coastal air pollution travels far inland, so when ships off our shores follow the rules, millions of people benefit.”
All companies mentioned below took prompt action after being notified of the violations and, under ARB’s supervision, began complying with state law. All were fined for either failing to switch to cleaner fuel within 24 nautical miles of the California coast, or for switching fuels in an untimely manner:
Univan Maritime Ltd. (Hong Kong) – $78,250
Vessel name: Maersk Wolfsburg
Firon Shipping Inc. (Cyprus) c/o XT Shipping Group – $68,000
Vessel name: Blue Diamond
W. Bockstiegel GmbH & Co. Reederei KG (Germany) – $55,500
Vessel name: BBC Arizona
MK Shipmanagement Co., LTD. (Tokyo) – $53,000
Vessel name: Ocean Seagull
Cosco Maritime LTD. (UK) – $34,500
Vessel name: Antwerp
Triton Schiffahrts GmbH – $30,250
Vessel name: Eagle Bay
Dumun Marine S.A. (Panama) – $30,250
Vessel name: Dumun
Peter Doehle Schiffahrts (Germany) – $27,750
Vessel name: Fanfare
Byzantine Maritime Corporation (Greece) – $27,750
Vessel name: Ermione
Crowley Technical Management, Inc. (Florida, USA) – $27,750
Vessel name: Ocean Crescent
BigLift Shipping B.V. (Netherlands) – $23,750
Vessel name: Happy Dynamic
YA-SA Tanker and Transportation (Turkey) – $20,000
Vessel name: Golden Horn
Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and more than 40 other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other health problems.
ARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.