Sulfur in the air over Denmark has significantly reduced following the tighter sulfur cap in the Baltic Sea emissions control area (ECA) from the start of 2015, says an article in Ship & Bunker.
Clea Henrichsen special advisor to the Danish Maritime Authority, communicated the message of success to the International Bunker Industry Association marine fuels conference in Copenhagen.
The sulfur content in the air across Denmark has reduced by 50%, Henrichsen said.
ECA cap reduced
In an ECA, ships must use bunker fuel with 0.1% sulfur. In 2015, the cap was reduced from 1%to 0.1%.
Henrichsen said that testing by the Danish authorities has seen the emergence of a 95%compliance rate with the ECA rule on sulfur.
Use of Sniffer technology and fine
Denmark’s method of monitoring the shipping emissions includes using sniffer technology both fixed and airborne as well as more traditional methods such as testing fuel samples.
Ships reported for infringement were in single digits for 2018. Fines imposed on ships range between DKK 30,000 ($4,600) to DKK 375,000. The tariff for gross non-compliance is DKK 200,000and above. The highest fine imposed was DKK 375,000, Henrichsen said.
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Source: Ship & Bunker