311 - 07/03 - Violations of the Air Pollution Act - River Schelde - The Netherlands
This case is now in the hands of the public prosecutor who may decide to institute proceedings along with numerous other similar cases.The samples concerned were analyzed and the sulphur content of the marine diesel oil was found to be 1.61%.
According to the Air Pollution Act, which has been in effect in the Netherlands since 27th
Sept 1974, the sulphur content of fuels may not exceed 0.20%. The HFO was found to be within the allowed limits.We would also draw Members’ attention to regulations on the halogen content of fuel that have been in effect in the Netherlands since 1st Mar 1999. These stipulate that it is prohibited to use fuel (with a number of exceptions) that contains an organic halogen compound of more than 50 mg per kilo.We would advise Members to be aware that Dutch authorities now seem to be enforcing these rules rigorously.Source of information: Loss Prevention Department
Bulletin 311 (24 KB)
Source UK P&I