P&I Club Gard has issued guidance of compliance following the early 0.50% sulphur cap implementation that entered into force in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China on 1 January 2019.
Shipowners and operators should:
Hong Kong’s new regulation extends to all ships not fitted with scrubbers to burn fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50% within Hong Kong waters, irrespective of whether they are sailing or at berth.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Transport and Communication has also implemented a 0.50% sulphur cap one year ahead of the IMO.
The original notice was that ships not fitted with scrubbers are required to burn fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50% when entering Taiwan’s international commercial port areas, but this has been de facto extended to most ports in Taiwan.
Mainland China has extended its compliant fuel requirement to all sea areas and ports within China’s territorial sea and announced a prohibition on the discharge of wash water from ships’ open loop scrubbers from 1 January 2019 to ships operating in parts of the Yangtze River and the Xi Jiang River as well as in Bohai Bay.
In addition, China has ratified the Ballast Water Management Treatment convention and foreign ships may be inspected by China Maritime Safety Administration when entering Chinese waters.
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