Shipping companies fines from California autorities

By Finance

The US state of California's Air Resources Board (ARB) has fined Japanese shipping firm Dojima Marine and Croatian-based Korkyra Shipping US$55,500 each of them for not using distillate fuel when less than 24 nautical miles from California's shores.
ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden said: "Burning dirty bunker fuel produces unacceptable amounts of particulate matter and sulphur dioxide. Requiring ships to burn cleaner fuel provides significant benefits for California's coastal communities by reducing asthma triggers and airborne carcinogens."
Information from ATB the 2 cooperated and each acknowledged that their vessels was sailing in regulated California waters area utilizing residual bunker fuel instead marine distillate.
The money took by the fines is to go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund to aid projects and research for improving the state's air quality.
ARB said that the clean fuel requirement, adopted in 2008, reduced diesel-particulate matter from vessels blowing over the state by fifteen tons per day, an 83% reduction of the past uncontrolled emissions from boats. It also inform that the imposed switch to distillates cut sulphur oxide gases by forty tons per day, a 95%, and NO2 emissions by 11 tons per day, a 6 percent reduction.