CARB: Companies Fined Big Bucks For Violating Fuel Regulation

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Yesterday, CARB announced the agency has fined 12 shippers nearly half a million dollars for violating the state’s fuel regulations.

Within California waters, ocean-going vessels must use cleaner diesel fuel.

CARB fined 12 shipping companies $476,750 for failing to switch to cleaner, low-sulfer marine fuel upon entering regulated California waters. All companies are required to switch to cleaner fuel within 24-nautical miles of the California coast.

“Our regulations mandating use of cleaner fuel by ocean-going vessels have greatly helped to improve air quality not only in
coastal communities, but also in inland areas,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “Studies have shown that coastal air
pollution travels far inland, so when ships off our shores follow the rules, millions of people benefit.”

CARB says the 12 companies that were fined “took prompt action after being notified of the violations.”

The following companies received fines:

Univan Maritime Ltd. (Hong Kong) – $78,250
Vessel name: Maersk Wolfsburg

Firon Shipping Inc. (Cyprus) c/o XT Shipping Group – $68,000
Vessel name: Blue Diamond

W. Bockstiegel GmbH & Co. Reederei KG (Germany) – $55,500
Vessel name: BBC Arizona

MK Shipmanagement Co., LTD. (Tokyo) – $53,000
Vessel name: Ocean Seagull

Cosco Maritime LTD. (UK) – $34,500
Vessel name: Antwerp

Triton Schiffahrts GmbH – $30,250
Vessel name: Eagle Bay

Dumun Marine S.A. (Panama) – $30,250
Vessel name: Dumun

Peter Doehle Schiffahrts (Germany) – $27,750
Vessel name: Fanfare

Byzantine Maritime Corporation (Greece) – $27,750
Vessel name: Ermione

Crowley Technical Management, Inc. (Florida, USA) – $27,750
Vessel name: Ocean Crescent

BigLift Shipping B.V. (Netherlands) – $23,750
Vessel name: Happy Dynamic

YA-SA Tanker and Transportation (Turkey) – $20,000
Vessel name: Golden Horn