For those Members who follow closely the Club’s email updates, you will have noted that matters have developed significantly and rapidly in the PRC over the past two weeks. The International Group (IG) has liaised further with the China MSA, and with various ship pollution response organisations (SPROs), shipowners and other interested parties in order to clarify a number of issues and to work towards ensuring, so far as possible, that there are suitable contractual arrangements in place to permit Members to be able to comply with the Regulations as easily and efficiently as possible.
The China MSA issued an Announcement yesterday (22 December 2011) outlining further requirements relating to the Regulations. Three significant issues most concerning the Members are the following:
A set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been developed by the IG and can be found here. The FAQs incorporate recent developments and the requirements of the China MSA Notice of 22 December 2011, as well as answering all other questions Members may have on the China SPROs contracting requirements. These FAQs will be updated as appropriate with further developments when known.
Members are strongly recommended to look at the linked FAQs for detailed information which should answer most of your questions.