Foreign ships fined for using dirty fuel oil

Four foreign vessels have been fined for failing to meet Taiwan’s requirement for using low-sulphur fuel oil based on a set of new measures implemented since the start of this year, the Maritime and Port Bureau said last week. The ships are registered in the Marshall Islands, Panama, Hong Kong and Singapore.

They were fined after entering the ports of either Taichung or Kaohsiung. They were each fined NT$100,000 (US$3,275) for breaching “an air pollution prevention act at international ports”.

Taiwan implemented its lower cap at the beginning of the year.

Foreign and domestic vessels sailing on international routes that fail to use low-sulphur fuel oil when entering Taiwan’s ports risk being detained by port authorities until improvements are made, the officials said.

Taiwan’s international ports also demand that entering ships slow their speed and use fully automated machinery and equipment to further reduce pollution.