Ship Captain fined $ 1,14,000 , for burning High Sulphur fuel - Marine Republic

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Monday, 26 November 2018

Ship Captain fined $ 1,14,000 , for burning High Sulphur fuel


The US captain is fined by French court in first of its kind instance, for burning fuel with excessive sulphur levels. He has been for USD 1,14,000 in a Marseille court on 26th November 2018.
The cruise ship " AZURA" is run and managed by P&O cruises.
Captain Evans Hoyt, an U.S. national, knew the fuel was illegal as it contained 1.68 percent sulphur, surpassing the 1.5-percent European limit. Company P&O wanted to save money by using high sulphur bunkers.
The judge handed the Master of the ship, a fine of €100,000 , but specified that P&O's parent company, US-based cruise giant Carnival, should pay €80,000 of the sum.
Rest of the amount of €20,000 to be paid by the Captain.
When the Ship Azura arrived in French port, fuel sample was taken and was tested high on sulphur. Ship Captain admitted using high sulphur fuel in order to save money.

Bunker fuel, also known as heavy fuel oil, is one of the most polluting transportation fuels and is high in sulphur, which when burnt can cause respiratory problems and acid rain.
Regulations on the amount of sulphur authorised vary internationally, with ultra-clean fuel mandated in areas such as the North Sea and Baltic Sea in Europe, as well as around North American ports.

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