The City of Los Angeles on 20 April reportedly filed a suit at the Los Angeles Superior Court against the owner, operator and charterer of the 2017-built 4,900 CEU (car equivalent units) capacity car carrier Istra Ace over a 2016 bunker spill at the port of Los Angeles.
It is seeking civil penalties under the state’s Fish and Game Code, and a court order to stop the shipping firms from conducting more activities that violate its Health and Safety Code.
It alleged shipowner Istra Maritime, operator Stamco Ship Management and charterer Mitsui OSK to be responsible for a bunker spill which occurred on 13 March 2016 during a bunkering operation at Berth 198 in the Port of Los Angeles' Cerritos Channel.
An investigation by the US Coast Guard found the spill originating from faulty piping of the Istra Ace; about 265 barrels (40 metric tonnes) of heavy fuel oil was released into the water, covering more than 70 acres and taking 23 days to clean up.
Photo credit: State of California
Published: 26 April, 2018
Rotterdam’s intention to mandate the usage of MFMs goes down well with licensed bunker supplier VT Group; MFM providers supportive of move but stressed continuous monitoring is needed for optimum performance.
Cost of alternative bunker fuels, bunker operations and technology advancement are some considerations to be examined by the maritime industry, says Neo, director of SDE International Pte Ltd.
Kim Hyung Joon and Han Donghoon were planning to join the Singapore entities of Hartree Group - either Hartree Partners Singapore Pte Ltd or Hartree Marine Fuels - in October, discovered management.
‘When you think of Helmsman on the next occasion, think of us as lawyers with expertise in various fields. Come to us before a problem develops. It’s the process that matters,’ says Tang Chong Jun, Executive Director.
Bernard Chew was a former shareholder of MB Marine and was an authorised signatory of the company’s cheques at the material time, according to court documents obtained by Manifold Times.
Maersk, CMA CGM, BP and Stena Bulk give insights on availability of the three potential bunker fuel types, their plans, transition from fuel oil and LNG to alt fuels, how important sustainable marine fuels are to shipowners and more.