The UK P&I released a bulletin today regarding a vessel which was detained for breaching the North Sea SECA regulations despite receiving bunkers which appeared, according to the bunker delivery note, of being within the required limits.
The vessel was detained in the port of Rotterdam for burning fuel in the North Sea SECA which had a higher than regulated amount of Sulphur. The bunker fuel have been supplied to the vessel by a bunker supplier in a North African port prior to arrival in Rotterdam.
The Dutch authorities carried out a port state inspection of the vessel, including an analysis of the bunker fuel on board. The results of the fuel analysis found levels of sulphur in the bunker fuel to exceed those permitted under the North Sea SECA regulations. The vessel was subsequently detained.
The vessel's owner protested the detention on the grounds that the vessel had been sold the bunker fuel under false documentation and sought to expunge the detention from the vessel's record. The Dutch authorities refused to acknowledge the role of the bunker supplier and rejected the members appeal.
Source: UK P&I