The fine city of Singapore threatens two-year jail terms for sulphur cap abusers

Singapore is a fine city goes the popular tourist tshirt for sale across the republic (pictured), an image that lampoons the country’s infamous attitude to indiscretions. A new harsh sulphur cap penalty can now be added to the country’s long list of fines.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has warned captains and owners of ships caught burning non-compliant fuel from next year could face up to two years in prison. Other penalties include a fine of up to S$10,000 ($7,400).

A local lawyer, speaking with Bloomberg, suggested the harsh prison sentence was only likely in the event authorities unearthed other misdemeanours such as falsified documents.

The MPA will employ fuel-testing service providers for detailed laboratory analysis of fuel samples as well as using electronic systems for ships to declare their method of compliance before arrival.

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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