4 foreign ships fined for using dirty fuel oil

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/19
By: Flor Wang and Wang Shu-fen

Image taken from Pixabay for illustrative purposes

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) Four foreign vessels have been fined for failing to meet Taiwan's requirement for using low-sulfur fuel oil based on a set of new measures implemented since the start of this year, a government agency said Tuesday.

According to the Maritime and Port Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, four ships registered to the Marshall Islands, Panama, Hong Kong and Singapore, respectively, that entered Taichung and Kaohsiung ports were each fined NT$100,000 (US$3,280) after being ruled as in breach of "an air pollution prevention act at international ports."

The act, applied one year ahead of the New International Maritime Organization regulations to be put in place Jan. 1, 2020, is aimed at cutting the sulfur content allowed in shipping fuel to 0.5 percent from 3.5 percent, in a bid to combat air pollution, bureau officials told a news conference.

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