The master of the US cruise ship Azura, owned by Carnival, charged with breaking air pollution laws in the French port of Marseille has been fined 100,000 euros.

The American captain Evans Hoyt knew the fuel was illegal -- it contained 1.68% sulphur, above the 1.5% European limit, and the company was using it to save money, prosecutors said during the trial.

The judge handed Hoyt a fine of 100,000 euros, but specified that the parent company of P&O, US-based cruise giant Carnival, should pay 80,000 euros of the sum.

The company had "wanted to save money at the expense of everyone's lungs," prosecutor Franck Lagier told the court in October.

The EU directive states: “Passenger ships operate mostly in ports or close to coastal areas and their impacts on human health and the environment are significant. In order to improve the air quality around ports and coasts, those ships are required to use marine fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 1.5% until stricter sulphur standards apply to all ships in territorial seas, exclusive economic zones and pollution control zones of member states.”

As from 2020, the global sulphur cap falls to 0.5%. In an emissions control area (ECA), which apply to the North and Baltic Seas, the sulphur cap bunker fuel is lower at 0.1%. There are moves to make the Mediterranean Sea area also an ECA.

Source: Ship & Bunker, November 26,2018 - www.thelocal.fr
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