newsrel — Shipper fined $130K for violating clean air regulation
Posted: 03 Mar 2016 11:44:25
March 3, 2016
NEWS RELEASE 16-09
CONTACT: Karen Caesar (916) 322-2990
Shipper fined $130K for violating clean air regulation
Rule requires ocean-going vessels to use cleaner diesel off
SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board has fined the
China Navigation Co. Pte. Ltd. $129,500 for failure to switch its
engines over from heavy diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner,
low-sulfur fuel when close to the California coast, as required
by state law. CARB’s Ocean-Going Vessel Fuel regulation is a
critical part of California’s plan to attain air quality
standards in Southern California and across the state.
On December 28, 2012, an ARB inspector found that the vessel
Chenan, managed by the China Navigation Co. Pte. Ltd., operated
within Regulated California Waters (i.e. 24 miles or less from
the coast) on noncompliant heavy fuel oil on 12 separate days
(four voyages) between August 5 and December 28, 2012, while en
route to and departing from the Port of Los Angeles.
“Ships using heavy diesel fuels are a significant contributor to
California’s air quality problems, even in communities located
far from our coast” said ARB Enforcement Division Chief Todd Sax.
“That’s why we check vessels nearly every day to ensure that
they are compliant with our strict clean air laws. When we
identify a violation, we educate the fleet owner and crew on how
to comply with our requirements, and we assess penalties as a
deterrent to future noncompliance.”
The China Navigation Co. Pte. Ltd. took prompt action after being
notified of these violations and cooperated with the
investigation. In addition to paying a fine, the company agreed
to comply with all fuel switchover requirements and to keep
accurate records going forward.
The Air Resources Board conducts an estimated 800 to 1,000 ship
inspections each year, checking for proper fuel usage,
record-keeping and other compliance requirements. Part of the
inspection involves sampling each vessel’s fuel, and analyzing
the fuel sample for compliance with ARB fuel sulfur requirements.
The Ocean Going Vessel Fuels Regulation, adopted in 2008,
eliminates 15 tons of diesel exhaust – a known carcinogen – daily
from ocean-going vessels, and is considered a vital tool in
helping to reduce cancer rates and premature deaths associated
with living near the state’s busy ports and trade corridors.
Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40
other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California
identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant
based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other