The Zhejiang Maritime Safety Agency (MSA) and the Jiangsu MSA have published formal notices regarding the implementation of low sulfur fuel requirements at all ports within their respective sulfur Emission Control Areas (ECAs), as from 1 January 2018. As the deadline is approaching, P&I Clubs issued a summary timetable to remind owners to prepare respectively.
According to the prior notice issued by China Ministry of Transport (MOT) in late December, ships to berth at ports (excluding one hour after berthing and one hour before departure) within three PRC ECAs are required to use fuel with sulfur contents ≤0.5% m/m as from January 1st.
In November, China Classification Society published a report summarizing the updated China ECAs Implementation scheme, informing also about the penalties that ships will have in case of non compliance.
Namely, ships which fail to meet the requirements of emission equivalent to the one of low sulphur fuel oil should be, will be subjected to one or more of the followings :
- Warning education,
- Corrective actions,
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