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.