US working on bigger penalties for sulfur violators

31 days left to sulfur regulations: Ships that fail to comply with the sulfur regulations in US waters could face bigger penalties from 2015. US authorities are working to ensure enforcement of the new regulations.

Photo: Gøteborg Havn

It should not be too easy for ships to dodge the impending sulfur regulations that are set to come into force on January 1st in Northern Europe as well as North America. It now looks like the US authorities are putting real emphasis on the area by likely increasing the size of the penalties for ships that fail to comply with the requirements to either sail on 0.1 percent sulfur fuel or install scrubber systems to clean the ship's exhaust.

Enforcement of the coming regulations concerning ships' sulfur emissions represents one focal point in discussions about whether authorities are even ready to monitor the traffic and catch violators who, starting January 1st, fail to adapt to the new rules.

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