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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced they have levied fines against three maritime shipping firms for failing to switch from heavy fuel oil to low sulfur marine distillate fuel before entering “Regulated California Waters.”

California Health and Safety Code Section 39560-39675, requires the ARB to identify and control toxic air contaminants (TAC) in California. Emissions from engines powered by heavy fuel oil have been identified to contain such contaminants.

“Ships en route to California ports emit thousands of tons of diesel exhaust each year,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “Our regulation requiring ocean-going vessels to switch to cleaner fuel within 24 nautical miles of our shoreline protects all California residents, especially those in port communities, from this air pollution.”

An ARB investigation showed that on 17 visits to California ports between November 6, 2009 and July 18, 2011, the car carrier Hoegh Inchon, owned by Hoegh Autoliners, operated its main engines within Regulated California Waters on heavy fuel oil resulting in a $299,500 fine to parent company, Hoegh Autoliners Shipping AS Co. of Oslo, Norway.

In February 2013, prior to docking at the Ports of Stockton and Long Beach, the bulk carrier Ikan Bawal was cited for failing to switch its engines over to the required cleaner fuel while operating within Regulated California Waters. Its owner, N.C.N Corporation Panama, was fined $87,750.

In August 2012, after it docked at the Port of Los Angeles, the geared bulk carrier K-Pluto was also cited for failing to switch to the required cleaner fuel while operating within Regulated California Waters. Its parent company, Twin Phoenix Shipping S.A. of Singapore, was fined $53,000.

All three companies complied with ARB’s investigation and agreed to abide by all pertinent ARB regulations, follow fuel switchover requirements, and keep accurate records.

The fines go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund to support air quality research, The ARB conducts over 500 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 ensure they meet California standards for sulfur.

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  • The Usual Suspect

    Actually, the air Nazis use the money that they extort from companies to fund their own expansion. Having conducted business in the petroleum industry in California for over 10 years and having dealt with CARB and the endless alphabet of Air Quality Management Districts, I can tell you, emphatically, it is not about cleaning the air, it is about cleaning out businesses coffers. If they can’t find a mechanical violation, they try and find a paperwork violation. If they can’t find anything, they ask for documents that they are not entitled to and when you rightly refuse, they threaten you with armies of lawyers. When you are in the right, you have to stand your ground. CARB, SCAQMD, SDAQMD, and all the other air agencies all play the same game and they answer to no one. It is all about propagating the agencies and their paychecks.

    • HUGH JANUS

      It’s things like this that make us hated everywhere we go. Let’s Fuck over as many people as we can…

  • http://www.mar-in-controls.com Hendrick Smit

    The rationale for limiting SOx emissions isn’t clear to me, in light of the SOx emissions of vulcanos and in light of discussions to release SO2 to limit climate change.
    Nonetheless, switching fuels can be made easier and safer by automation. Safer, because there’s a risk of loss of power when hot HFO is replaced by low-viscous MGO. We come accross engines that stop when lubrication falls short. Automation can also register date and time of full change to MGO, satisfying authorities.

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