The North of England P&I Association Limited on Friday released an update regarding the early implementation of fuel sulphur regulations at the Yangtze River Delta Emission Control Area (ECA) in China:
The Maritime Safety Administrations (MSA) of Shanghai and Zhejiang have issued notices on the requirements to use fuel with 0.5% maximum sulphur content at all times within the Yangtze River Delta emission control area.
Local correspondents Huatai – who have issued circular PNI 1814 – advise that from 1st October 2018 vessels are to use fuel with sulphur content of no more than 0.5% m/m when they enter into the emission control area (ECA) and when at any berth or anchorage. This means that vessels must change over onto compliant fuel in sufficient time prior to entering the Yangtze River Delta ECA.
Currently, vessels at berth in any port within this ECA should use fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% – except one hour after arrival and one hour before departure. The changes in requirements where complaint fuel must be used at all times within the ECA had not been expected to enter into force until 1 January 2019.
It is understood that vessels connecting to shore power receiving facilities are exempted from this requirement. Vessels may also use exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) to satisfy the new emission control requirements.
Vessels will need to apply in advance to the appropriate regional MSA for any exemptions on using non-compliant fuel.
We understand the situation in the Bohai Bay ECA and Pearl River Delta ECA remains unchanged and the requirement to use compliant fuel at all times within these ECAs will take effect on 1 January 2019.
Preparing for the Switch – Have a Plan
There are notable risks when changing over from ‘high sulphur’ heavy fuels to ‘low sulphur’ distillates and vice versa when at sea. It is strongly recommended that Members review and update their vessels’ procedures for this task.
Source: North of England P&I Association Limited
Published: 3 September, 2018
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