Tanker Owner and Operator Fined $3 Million for Air Pollution Crimes in U.S. Caribbean ECA

The Greek owner and operator of a Panama-flagged oil products tanker, along with the vessel's senior officers, have been convicted of air pollution crimes in the United States for using bunker fuel that exceeded the maximum allowable sulfur limit in the U.S. Caribbean Emission Control Area. The tanker, the MT Ocean Princess, was owned by Lily Shipping and operated by Ionian … [Read more...]

Greek Cruise Ship Owner Fined in Norway for Violating Sulphur Content Rules

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has fined a Greek shipowner nearly $80,000 for violating a new law limiting the sulphur content of fuel used by ships operating in world heritage fjords. The fines stem from the operation of the MS Magellan, owned by the Greek company Global Cruise Lines Ltd, in two of the fjords protected under new environmental requirements related to … [Read more...]

China Paves Way for First Emission Control Areas

  China has amended its 15 year-old Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law to tackle shipping emissions for the first time, local media reports. The amendments include measures that grant legal authority for the nation's Ministry of Transport to designate key regions along the coast as Emissions Control Areas (ECAs). The advent of ECAs would have far reaching … [Read more...]

Norway Names First Shipowner to Break New ECA Rules

  This article was written by ShipandBunker.com, the world’s leading free to access website focused on marine fuel, with news, exclusive features, and bunker price indications for 150+ ports.  The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMD) has named the first vessel it says broke this year's updated Emissions Control Area (ECA) rules, with two infractions coming … [Read more...]

Stena Line Ferries First to Use New ‘Closed Loop’ Scrubber Technology

Two Stena Line ferries are set to become the first ships to be retrofitted with a new in-line closed loop gas scrubber systems from Wärtsilä that will help the ferries achieve emissions compliance in the North Sea. Finnish power solutions provider Wärtsilä made the announcement Tuesday that the Swedish-based Stena Line has chosen the scrubber system retrofits for the ‘Stena … [Read more...]