Trieste fines move threatens ship and port safety warns Intertanko

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Mar 142011

Trieste threatens ship and port safety says Intertanko

The Port of Trieste has advised that, with effect from 3 March 2010, vessels using fuels with a sulphur content exceeding 0.10% by mass (in contravention of EU Directive 2005/33/EC) will be prosecuted with fine of between Euros 15,000 and 150,000 (usually 30,000 for the first offence). Exemption to the law will not be granted anymore and all eventual special authorisations issued in the past are cancelled, it states.

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EU: Time Not To Burn Brimstone

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Jan 022010

If the California experience is anything to go by we can expect to see propulsion failures on the increase as Council Directive 2005/33/EC comes in to force. It mandates that ships may only use fuel oil with less than 0.1 per cent sulphur – brimstone to bible thumpers – while in EU ports and exceptions are few and far between.

Following a failed attempt by Pacific Merchant Shipping Association to bar the California Air Resources Board from imposing similar restrictions in mid-2009 some 15 maritime casualties were linked to propulsion failures when switching to low sulphur fuels. As a result, the US Coast Guard issued a safety alert on the issue.

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