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China Classification Society: China maritime update for October

09 Nov 2018

The China Classification Society (CCS) Wednesday shared a maritime update with Manifold Times summing up developments within the domestic Chinese shipping industry for October; it contained some events which might be noteworthy to readers.

Interestingly, the update covered an announcement by the People’s Government of Shandong Province in East China suggesting the introduction of compulsory cold ironing operations at its ports from 10 March 2019.

The newly introduced rule is a separate development from the Chinese emission controlled area (ECA) introduced at the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, and Bohai-rim waters requiring vessels to switch to 0.5% sulphur compliant fuel when entering regional waters starting 1 January 2019.

“The People’s Government of Shandong Province announced at the press conference held by its News Office that it has, based on the actual situation of its waters, revised the integrated emission standard of water pollutants and partly raised the requirements of emission control,” said the CCS note.

“According to the Regulation on Water Pollution Prevention and Control of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project in Shandong Province and Measures of Pollution Prevention and Control from Shipping in Beijing-Hangzhou Canal of Shandong Province, a ban on direct emission from ships operating in Beijing- Hangzhou Grand Canal (in Shandong Province territory) will come into force from 10 March 2019.”

The CCS update, meanwhile, points out recent naming ceremonies for the 1,400 TEU dual-fuelled feeder containerships 3# and 4# built for Finnish company Containerships and German company Nordic Hamburg being carried out at the Huangpu Wenchong shipyard.

Both ships are “the first type of liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuelled containership in China”; they are equipped with main engines developed by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) which can use either LNG or heavy fuel oil as a marine fuel.

The notice also points out Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, China Shipbuilding &Offshore International and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation as the three yards selected by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to retrofit scrubbers on up to 54 large containerships.

Published: 7 November, 2018

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