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 with 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, you, know, 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? Because ship’s emission now is considered to be air pollution, threat to the environment and every living soul in town? Anyone curious enough to check facts and figures, knows, that it is not true, that it is a fake-threat, non-existent threat, fear-mongering, which has nothing to do with the reality. But already imposed on shipping restrictions already threaten shipping safety and your dear Mother Nature safety, too, 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.

What’s more risky for coastal area and communities, for shipping and for dear Mother Nature – non-existent bubble of “air pollution from ships exhaust” or very real danger of major accident, such as collision or grounding? How much more insane will it all become? Where does it lead us all?

You all that worried about pollution risks? Look at open borders, at multiculturalism, at “sustainability” projects, at countless NGOs and many, many other things, real dangerous things, brain-children of greedy and irresponsible people, fabricating non-existent threats, and vulturing on honest, hard-working men and industries.

Bulk carrier SSI PRIDE, IMO 9250579, dwt 48635, built 2002, flag Panama, manager EMIRATES BULK CARRIERS LLC.

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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.