Norway cracking down on polluting ships

A ship fell foul of new sulphur rules in Norway, hit with a NOK100,000 ($12,200) fine, just eight days after the ruling became law.

The general cargo ship, Sardius (5,265 dwt; built 2011) was found to be using fuel containing 13 times the new legal sulphur limit this January, just days after the new emissions control area (ECA) covering Northern Europe came into being.

The vessel is owned by Dutch outfit Bock Maritiem. Since then Norwegian authorities have found at least three other ships using the wrong fuel, but Sardius was the first to be named and shamed as well as fined.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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