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newsrel -- Shipping companies each fined $53K for violating fuel regulation

Posted: 01 Sep 2011 12:36:37
Vessels failed to use low-sulfur fuel in California waters. 

California Air Resources Board
Release #:11-40

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990
Karen Caesar

Mary Fricke

Shipping companies each fined $53K for violating fuel regulation

Vessels failed to use low-sulfur fuel in California waters 

The California Air Resources Board has fined two shipping
companies for failing to switch from dirty “bunker” fuel to
cleaner, low-sulfur fuel when sailing within 24 miles of the
California coast, as required by state law.

“Cargo vessels can burn some of the dirtiest fuels on the planet
and we need to make sure that their engine emissions don’t reach
our coast,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden.  “Our fuel
regulation is vitally important because it requires shippers to
switch to cleaner-burning fuels that help fight air pollution in
our coastal regions and port communities.”

The measure, adopted in 2008, eliminates 15 tons of diesel
exhaust – a known carcinogen – daily from ocean-going vessels,
and is considered a vital tool in helping to reduce premature
deaths and the risk of cancer associated with air pollution in
the state’s busy ports and trade corridors.  

In November 2010, the MSC Aniello, owned by the Mediterranean
Shipping Company, and the vessel Wieniawski, owned by the
Chipolbrok Shipping Company, both used bunker fuel well within
the 24-mile limit from the coast prior to docking at the Port of
Long Beach. 

As part of their settlements with ARB, Switzerland-based
Mediterranean Shipping and Poland-based Chipolbrok each agreed to
pay $53,000 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund (CAPCF)
to support air quality research.  They must also follow all fuel
switchover requirements, and maintain accurate records.  

The ARB conducts an estimated 250 ship inspections each year,
checking for proper fuel usage, record-keeping and other
compliance requirements, and takes marine gas oil or marine
diesel oil samples for submission to the ARB laboratory to
determine if the fuels meet ARB’s low-sulfur standards.

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful substances including
more than 40 toxic 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

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

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