How Fighting Global Warming endangers shipping, coastal States and environment

Bulk carrier SSI PRIDE is under investigation in Brake Germany, since arrival on Jan 16, suspect in air pollution. The ship used heavy fuel being in area which restricted fuel sulphur content. Security deposit of 30,000 euro was already imposed.
The ship was to dock at Brake, on arrival from Varna Bulgaria, on Jan 7, but was informed, that spare berth will be available on Jan 16 only, so she had to anchor at outer anchorage. Weather deteriorated, anchorage wasn’t safe, the ship had to leave anchorage to weather out storm, and in the process, used all compliant fuel she had. So she had to switch to heavy fuel – in order to remain under way and seaworthy. Well, and that’s considered to be the crime nowadays, judging from the deposit sum. Investigation is under way.
Whether the ship will be fined or not, Master, crew, the ship and the owner already have enough headaches – and why? Because Master did what he had to do, to ensure ship’s safety. Already imposed on shipping restrictions already threaten shipping safety, because ships run into trouble, switching from on fuel to another, all the time, under constant threat of engine failure in most navigationally unsafe waters.

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