Canada's Pollution Fines Deter Shipping Growth
 
Advertise Here
Trending Topics:
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ship Equipment
Ship Maintenance
Unitor
Ship Systems
Bimco
Worldwide Metric
Portvision
Hydroscan
Freeman Marine
Neptune Group

MarineTalk
Home Page
About MarineTalk
Buyer's Guide
World InfoDesk
Discussion Forums
Advisory Board
FAQ
Advertising Information
Submit Company Listing
Edit Company Listing
Site Map
 
MarineTalk Site Search:
Featured Companies

UK Offshore Operators Association
UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) is the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its members are companies licensed by the Government to explore for and produce oil and gas in UK waters.
    United Kingdom

Petrotech Enterprises
PETROTECH is one of the most respected names in the Oilfield & Marine Industry and application of Process Control, Pneumatic & Fluid Power Equipment. Renowned for the quality of its products and application expertise. We are ONE STOP ENGINEERING SHOP
    United Arab Emirates

EnergyImages.COM, L.L.C.
Upstream and Downstream photographs sold on line at a fraction of the production cost.
    USA Texas

Indonesian Seafarers Welfare Committee (ISWC)
Indonesian Seafarers Welfare Committee (ISCW), is a self-governing non-government organization (NGO) concerned with promoting the social welfare of Indonesian seafarers and their family members.
    Indonesia

Canada's Pollution Fines Deter Shipping Growth

      10/13/2005

Shipping firms risk million-dollar fines in countries such as Canada because equipment to clean bilge water of oil before it is pumped out into the ocean may meet regulations but often doesn't work, the president of a global shipping company with major operations in Vancouver warns. Robert Ho, president of Hong Kong-based Fairmont Shipping, said he has seen cases where a ship's bilge-water management system is poorly laid out, leaving the oily-water separator incapable of working properly and the crew vulnerable to stiff penalties. Mr. Ho delivered the warning in a speech earlier this month in Cyprus to an audience representing about 40 per cent of the world's commercial shipping fleet.

Canada recently amended its pollution laws to crack down on oil spills from ships. Canada's new law is called the Migratory Birds Convention Act, which sets minimum fines of $100,000 and raised the maximum fine to $1 million in cases where ships spill oil and crews are found at fault. Mr. Ho said that the new regulations have already caused several Vancouver-based shipping companies to put expansion plans on hold and consider moving some ships back to Asia because of the risks their crews assume in operating in Canadian waters.

Mr. Ho was among shipping executives that initially led the charge to oppose the Canadian legislation, alleging that it did not discriminate between accidental and deliberate spills, and puts ship crews in a "reverse onus" situation of having to prove their innocence in spill cases, rather than being presumed innocent until authorities prove their guilt in court. Fairmont, he said, learned that separators are vulnerable to failure when one of its ships, in 2003, was prosecuted and fined $450,000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dumping oily water. A statement from the EPA said the U.S. Coast Guard found that the ship's engineering personnel were bypassing the ship's oil pollution-control system, and dumping oil at sea. He added that the prosecution prompted Fairmont to undertake a two-year program of inspecting the oily-water separators on 35 vessels. In some cases, Ho said, the devices worked, but in others they did not and had to be repaired.


Vancouver Sun  







Latest Marine News and Technology Articles | Maritime 2015 Buyer's Guide





MarineTalk

E-mail:  Contact Us

Copyright 1998 - 2015 MarineTalk
Division of Link Internet Business Solutions
All rights reserved.

The reproduction, retrieval, copying or transmission of this Web site content,
in whole or in part, is not permitted without the express permission of
MarineTalk .