Norway Cracking Down On Polluting Ships

A ship fell foul of new sulphur rules in Norway, hit with a NOK100,000 ($12,200) fine, just eight days after the ruling became law.

The general cargo ship, Sardius (5,265 dwt; built 2011) was found to be using fuel containing 13 times the new legal sulphur limit this January, just days after the new emissions control area (ECA) covering Northern Europe came into being.

The vessel is owned by Dutch operator Bock Maritiem. Since then Norwegian authorities have found at least three other ships using the wrong fuel, but Sardius was the first to be named and shamed as well as fined.

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