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China Sulphur Emission Control Requirements Updated

Earlier
this month, the China Maritime Safety Administration published a further notice
on the implementation of the low sulphur fuel requirement in the Emission
Control Areas (ECAs).  The ECAs have been
expanded to include all Chinese waters, including not only all the coastal
ports but also the inland waterways on the Changjiang and Xijiang rivers.

In these
ECAs, from 1 January 2019, the 0.5% sulphur cap on fuel used by vessels has been
maintained, whilst from 1 January 2020, vessels entering inland ECAs should use
fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.1%.

From 1 July
2019, vessels with shore power connection capabilities will use shore power
when berthing over 3 hours at a coastal terminal equipped with shore power
facilities.  Vessels built after 1 January 2019 should all be equipped
with shore connection facilities.

Alternatively,
to meet the emission control requirements, vessels are encouraged to use clean
and/or renewable energy, exhaust gas cleaning or battery charging solutions.

To avoid any delays or penalties, vessels
trading to Chinese ports should respect these regulations.

Vessels
should refer any queries to either their local agent or Budd China.

Rhea Li

budd.china@budd-pni.com

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