The Captain of the Azura, a cruise ship operated by P&O Cruises, will be allegedly charged during the vessel’s next port call in France due to the use of non-compliant sulphur limit bunker fuel, according to reports.
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.
Authorities confirmed the findings with the Captain during the cruise ship’s stopover at La Seyne-sur-Mer port at a later date.
If found guilty, the cruise ship’s Captain could be fined up to €200,000 and face a year-long prison sentence.
The next French port call of the Azura is slated to be 1 June, 2018.
Photo credit: Marseilles port
Published: 14 May, 2018
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