Shipping company fined for emissions

Auxiliary motor use cited

The California Air Resources Board has reached a settlement agreement with Wan Hai Lines (USA) Ltd. for US$680,750 for violations of the Ocean-Going Vessels At-Berth Regulations which seek to reduce diesel particulates and nitrogen oxides from ocean-going vessels. auxiliary engines when moored in California ports.

The violations were found during a routine audit by CARB’s Enforcement Division of fleets visiting California ports in 2020. The audit found that Wan Hai had failed to reduce the power output of its fleet’s auxiliary engines by at least 80% while docked at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and missed the three-hour operational deadline for at least 80% of visits of his fleet. The operational time limit caps the number of hours a ship can run its engines while in port to a maximum of three hours.

“I commend our law enforcement division for its diligence in finding these violations that contribute to air quality issues in California, especially in port areas that are primarily made up of disadvantaged communities that bear a health burden. disproportionate,” said Richard W. Corey, executive director of CARB. “We appreciate that Wan Hai has gone to great lengths to become compliant and immediately correct violations to reduce emissions from their fleets.”

CARB settles with Wan Hai Lines for ocean vessel violations.

Wan Hai’s settlement includes a civil penalty of $340,375 and funding of $340,375 for two additional environmental projects. Nearly $300,000 will fund the installation of an air filtration system in Oakland schools, with the remaining $40,777 going to fund an air filtration system at Murchison Street Elementary School and the Murchison Early Education Center in Los Angeles.

The original Ocean-Going Vessel At-Berth regulations were passed in 2007 with compliance requirements beginning in 2014. The regulations affect container ships, passenger ships, and refrigerated cargo vessels at six California ports, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco and Hueneme. Compliance requirements for vessels include survey requirements and emission or power reduction requirements, both of which have been phased in over time to the current 80% reduction requirement.