Taiwan has set aside a total NT $77 million ($2.6 million) to reward the practise of slow steaming and consumption of low sulphur marine fuels within territorial waters in 2018, according to Taipei Times.
It has dedicated a budget of NT$32 million, NT$22 million from Taiwan International Ports Corp (TIPC) and NT$10 million from the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration, in incentives for slow steaming operations.
International vessels with a cargo capacity of more than 10,000 metric tonnes (mt) and cruise ships will receive NT$8,000 when they lower their sailing speed to below 12 knots per hour when entering within 20 nautical miles of Taiwan’s seaports.
Meanwhile, the Taiwan Maritime and Ports Bureau has allocated budget of NT$45 million in a trial programme to reward vessels switching to consume low sulphur marine fuel when operating near the country’s ports.
Each ship which does so will be entitled to a subsidy of NT$5,000.
Publication date: 12 January, 2018
Program introduces periodic assessments, mass flow metering data analysis, and regular training for relevant key personnel to better handle the MFMS to ensure a high level of continuous operational competency.
U.S. Claims Register Summary recorded a total USD 833 million claim from a total 180 creditors against O.W. Bunker USA, according to the creditor list seen by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.
Glencore purchased fuel through Straits Pinnacle which contracted supply from Unicious Energy. Contaminated HSFO was loaded at Khor Fakkan port and shipped to a FSU in Tanjong Pelepas, Malaysia to be further blended.
Individuals were employees of surveying companies engaged by Shell to inspect the volume of oil loaded onto the vessels which Shell supplied oil to; they allegedly accepted bribes totalling at least USD 213,000.
MPA preliminary investigations revealed that the affected marine fuel was supplied by Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd who later sold part of the same cargo to PetroChina International (Singapore) Pte Ltd.
‘MPA had immediately contacted the relevant bunker suppliers to take necessary steps to ensure that the relevant batch of fuel was no longer supplied. Further investigations are currently on-going,’ it informs.