EPA cracks down on sulphur emissions

20 January 2015

Cruise lines operating around the US and Canada will be punished if they fail to comply with new emissions regulations.

As of 1 January 2015, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue steep fines to any ships in the North American Emission Control Area that are found to be burning fuels with a sulphur content greater than 0.1%.

Violations will be determined by the Coast Guard and the EPA, and each will be subject to a maximum penalty of $25,000 per day; no minimum fines are mentioned in the policy.

Offending cruise lines will be able either to resolve or litigate their case: where relevant information (such as the cost of fuel on the day in question) is missing, the agency will use industry-standard data to arrive at a decision.

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