The Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau on Friday (12 June) proposed to incorporate the latest requirements of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) into local legislation.
The proposed amendments include the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulation, the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage) Regulation and the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution) Regulation.
“The proposed amendments involve allowing the use of electronic record books on board ships as an alternative to traditional hard copy record books, and the scope of application of Energy Efficiency Design Index requirements to ships having ice-breaking capabilities,” said a spokesman for the Bureau.
The amendments are in line with the trend of transacting shipping business by electronic means, and will contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development, added the Bureau.
The Legislative Council Panel on Economic Development and the Hong Kong Fleet Operation Advisory Committee of the Marine Department have been consulted on the legislative proposal. Members supported the proposal, it said.
The proposed legislative amendments were gazetted on Friday and will be tabled at the Legislative Council on Wednesday (June 17) for negative vetting.
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