China: MSA Guidance on “Implementation Scheme of 2020 Global Marine Fuel Oil Sulphur Cap” announced on 23 October 2019
Members are referred to Huatai Circular PNI1907 which sets out in some detail MSA China’s implementation scheme for compliance with IMO Sulphur 2020.
If Members have any questions after reviewing the Circular, please visit the Club IMO 2020 page here. Your usual contact at the Club would also be pleased to assist you.
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China MSA’s Implementation Scheme of 2020 Global Marine Fuel Oil Sulphur Cap – Additional guidance on compliance
Members are reminded of the MSA’s Guidance on its Implementation Scheme of 2020 Global Marine Fuel Oil Sulphur Cap (“the Scheme”) announced on 23 October 2019.
The UK Club have received the following update from our local correspondents Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd regarding guidelines for supervision and management of air pollutant emissions.
On 29 March, China MSA issued their updated Guidance on the Prevention and Control of Covid-19 Onboard. This is an update on Version 1.0 issued on 17 March. The UK Club’s Correspondents, Messrs Huatai, have helpfully summarised the amendments in their Circular Ref No.: PNI  05. The main amendments are the introduction of guidance on crew change operations and precautionary measures to minimise an “overseas epidemic".
From 1 January 2020, the new 0.5% m/m global limit for sulphur in fuel used on board ships comes into effect. Parties in the bunker chain i.e. those involved in the production, distribution, storage, handling and use of bunker fuels have expressed concerns over the practical implementation of this new global limit, a substantial drop from the current 3.5% m/m. A Joint Industry Project (JIP) was therefore established to raise awareness of the issues which might arise.