Regulatory Update in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

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Regulatory Update in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

By Sean Hutchings, Chief Technical Officer

Regulatory Update The year 2018 saw a constant flow of new regulations introduced in the maritime industry and 2019 appears to be following the same pattern.

Below are the two of the latest regulations introduced by China, which came into effect on 1 January 2019.

Domestic emissions control requirements in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
China: From 1 January 2019 vessels must switch to fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50% prior to entering China’s territorial sea. Other key dates up to 2020 are:
o From 1 July 2019 vessels, other than tankers capable of receiving shore power, should use shore power.
o From 1 January 2020 vessels entering Inland ECAs (Yangtze River and Xi Jiang River) must use fuel with a  sulphur content not exceeding 0.10% while operating within the Inland ECA.

Taiwan: Ships not fitted with scrubbers must burn fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50% when entering its international commercial port areas.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s current “Fuel at Berth Regulation” requiring ships to burn fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50% while at berth, will be replaced by a regulation extending the standard to ships operating in Hong Kong waters. Ships not fitted with scrubbers will be required to burn fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50% within Hong Kong waters, irrespective of whether they are sailing or at berth.

China Regulation on Data Collection for Energy Consumption of Ships
Ships of 400 GT or over or powered by main propulsion machinery greater than 750 kW of propulsion power calling at a port in China, should report energy consumption data of their last voyage to the China MSA before leaving a port. Monthly reports can also be submitted in lieu of single voyage reports subject to following conditions:
• Ship is sailing in a fixed region and the time underway per voyage is 4 hours or less; or
• Ship is sailing on fixed route and the time underway per voyage is 12 hours or less.

The designated web-based data collection platform is currently only available in the Chinese language, so those vessels not crewed by Chinese personnel are advised to report the data through the local agents.