The prosecution of a trial involving the Azura, a cruise ship operated by P&O Cruises, is reportedly seeking for a EUR 100,000 fine due to an alleged deliberate attempt to violate European air pollution limits.
The company “…wanted to save money at the expense of everyone's lungs, in the context of major air pollution, caused partly by cruise ships,” prosecutor Franck Lagier told the court in Marseille, as quoted by AFP.
Fuel oil samples obtained from a stopover at Marseilles port on 29 March found the vessel to be consuming heavy fuel oil containing 1.68% of sulphur content while in port, over the sulphur limit.
According to the prosecutor, the cruise ship’s Captain Evans Hoyt used the bunker fuel while knowing the sulphur content of it was illegal.
Defense lawyers for Carnival, the parent company of P&O Cruises, said the Azura was not subjected to the fuel rule as it was only reserved for passenger ships using a regular route within the region.
The court will issue an verdict on November 26, 2018.
Photo credit: Marseilles port
Published: 9 October, 2018
Garren Hay will be responsible for sales of the PANOLIN range of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants for the Singapore sole distributor agent Gealubes Consulting & Trading Pte Ltd.
Universal Alliance, BMS United, Digiland International, Goodwood Associates, Southernpec (Singapore), and Taigu Energy were involved in alleged circular fictitious trades of fuel oil during July 2015.
Bunker orders of ISO 8217:2010 spec LS 380 cSt 0.5% for Nord Gemini, Nord Titan, Ocean Rosemary, and Luzern were placed through global commodities trading and logistics house Trafigura Pte Ltd.
While Covid-19 concerns are important, Captain Rahul Choudhuri was quick to note this does not mean bunker fuel related issues have indeed disappeared from the shipping sector.
‘Therefore, representing the players of the Malaysian bunker industry, we sincerely hope that this matter can be refined and reconsidered immediately so that all parties benefit together,’ says communication.
Maureen Poh, a Director of Helmsman LLC, offers plain practical tips on the differences between US and EU Sanctions and shares some thoughts on what companies could do if they are potentially exposed to sanctioned entities.