CARB levies fines on shippers, food suppliers

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Thursday, January 15, 2015

The California Air Resources Board has fined several major freight shippers for failing to use cleaner burning fuel near ports. CARB also announced fines for failure to report information for the state’s reefer regulation.

According to a CARB news release, the air quality agency fined four shipping companies a total of $146,719 for failing to switch from dirty diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner fuel close to land. CARB requires container ships to switch from bunker fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel when the ships enter Regulated California Waters within 24 nautical miles of the state’s coast.

“State anti-pollution laws require shippers to do their part to protect air quality,” CARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden said, according to the release. “Shippers who comply are helping to protect the health of those who live, work, and go to schools near ports and shipping lanes. Many Californians don’t realize that diesel soot and other pollutants can also travel far inland to impact communities nowhere near the sea. Our Ocean-Going Vessels Fuel Rule strives to protect residents throughout the state from the harmful impacts of ship pollution.”

The fines were as follows:
Wealth Ocean Ship Management Co., Ltd. Of China was fined $27,750 for the Uni Auc One vessel;
China Shipping Container Lines of China was fined $35,719 for the Xin Mei Zhou vessel;
Liberty One Ship Management of Germany was fined $53,000 for the BBC Arizona vessel; and
Japan-based Kitaura Kaiun Co., Ltd. was fined $30,250 for the Ocean Seagull vessel.

CARB also announced fines last week for two food suppliers. Performance Foodservice was fined $95,000 for filing its refrigeration recordkeeping and monitoring procedures late in 2012. The company provides food, kitchen and restaurant supplies.

Engelhart Gourmet Foods Inc., a sausage and condiment supplier, also was found to file its 2012 annual report late. CARB fined the company $65,800 for the late filing. The company agreed to change its recordkeeping and monitoring procedures.

Each food company faced potential fines of up to $10,000 per day.

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