Maritime insurance agency Gard on Monday (17 December) published the following article informing shipowners and operators of recent changes regarding the geographic scope of China’s sulphur ECAs:
We refer to our alert “Sulphur cap ahead!” of 8 November 2018 notifying Members and clients of regional sulphur emission control requirements taking effect on 1 January 2019 in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China’s domestic emission control areas (ECA).
According to Gard’s correspondent Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd., the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) has now issued a new regulation which expands the geographic scope of China’s sulphur ECAs. A new Coastal ECA has been designated and includes all sea areas and ports within China’s territorial sea, as well as a specially designated ECA in China’s southernmost province Hainan, the Hainan Coastal ECA. In addition, two Inland ECAs have been designated which include parts of the Yangtze River and the Xi Jiang River.
The exact coordinates and maps of the China’s new domestic ECAs are included in our correspondent’s circular PNI 1816 of 13 December 2018. It is worth noting that China has declared straight baselines along parts of its coast. This means that China’s baseline, from which its 12nm territorial sea limit must be measured, can lie many nautical miles off its coast.
According to our correspondent, the new Chinese regulation contains the following requirements relating to sulphur emissions from ocean-going vessels:
Members and clients with ships trading to Asia Pacific should plan for compliance with the local 0.50% sulphur cap that enters into force in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China on 1 January 2019, and ensure that appropriate procedures have been implemented onboard and that the crew is familiar with them. Additional recommendations are included in our alert of 8 November 2018.
Related: Gard alert: Sulphur cap ahead!
Other articles related to China ECA can be found below:
Related: China Classification Society releases China ECA technical notice
Related: LR FOBAS issues reminder on Chinese domestic ECAs and Taiwan
Related: CCS presents ‘simplified overview’ of Shanghai ECA
Related: China Classification Society update: China emissions control
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