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Sulfur sinners in Sweden escape sanctions

Sweden took hundreds of oil samples in 2015 in the battle against vessels sailing with too much sulfur. There were 15 offences. But not once was a fine issued. The burden of proof is the problem, Swedish authorities tell ShippingWatch.

Over the course of 2015 - the first year of increased sulfur requirements in the North Sea and the Baltic - Swedish authorities took no less than 441 oil samples from vessels. But out of the many samples, not one of the 15 noted violations triggered a fine from the Swedish authorities, confirmed Caroline Petrini, who is an environmental expert and legal assistant at the Swedish Transport Agency, in an interview with ShippingWatch.

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