China - Air emissions - new policy in Guangzhou
The Authority of Guangzhou which is located in Pearl River Delta ECA is drafting air emission rules to be applied to ships entering into port of Guangzhou. The current draft states that the ships engaging in international or coastal voyage, when berthing in Guangzhou port or jurisdiction of Guangzhou (excluding the first hour after arrival and the last hour before departure), shall use the fuel oil with sulphur content not more than 0.5% as of 1 January 2017. We shall continue to monitor this and keep members posted of the further developments.
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The UK Club has received the following update from Oasis P&I Services Company Ltd., regarding breach of low-sulphur fuel requirements in ECA in China.
China MSA announces their Implementation Plan of 2020 Global Marine Fuel Oil Sulphur Limits on 23 October 2019
In order to effectively implement the IMO's global regulations on the limits of the sulphur
content of marine fuel oil, China MSA announced the Implementation Plan of 2020 Global
Marine Fuel Oil Sulphur Limits (hereinafter referred to as “The Plan”) on 23 October 2019.
The Plan specifies the requirements on the ships’ use and carriage of fuel oil as well as
alternative measures, reporting of information about the ships’ use and carriage of fuel
oil, disposal of ships’ non‐compliant fuel oil, prior registration of bunker suppliers, as well
as MSA’s supervision and administrative measures, etc. The Plan also includes the format
of the Fuel Oil Non‐Availability Report (Hereinafter referred to as “FONAR”).
As Members may be aware from previous bulletins on the subject, new regulations related to Fuel Oil sulphur content will come into force from 01 Jan 2020. To prepare the maritime industry, various port states have released guidance on how changes will be implemented.