SK Shipping Settlement
SK Shipping Settles For $71,500
In September 2023, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached a settlement with SK Shipping (SKS), with its principal location in the Republic of Korea, for the company’s violation of the Fuel Sulfur and Other Operational Requirements for Ocean-Going Vessels Within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline (Low-Sulfur Fuel Regulation) as codified in the California Code of Regulations, title 13, section 2299.2, and title 17, section 93118.2.
An investigation conducted by CARB staff revealed that the SKS vessel C. Spirit, failed to operate on compliant fuel upon entry into Regulated California Waters in 2023. CARB alleged eleven days of violation for a penalty of $71,500 under Health and Safety Code section 39674. SKS took prompt action after being notified of these violations and under CARB’s supervision, SKS began operating in compliance.
To settle the case, SKS agreed to the total penalty amount for the violation. This amount will be deposited into CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality. SKS agreed to comply with CARB regulations going forward.