CHINA: Enforcement of 2020 Marpol emissions rules

Our office in Shanghai reports that in accordance with the Marpol Convention, the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) has recently issued a new regulation regarding requirements of emission control areas in Chinese territorial waters which has become effective from 01.01.2019.

As per this requirement, China has applied 0.5%m/m standard in emission control areas from 01.01.2019, and then will raise the Sulphur-control standard step by step. A brief timetable as follows:

  • From 01.01.2019, ocean-going vessels are required to use fuel with low sulphur content not exceeding 0.5%m/m when entering into emission control areas. Large inland vessels and river-coastal vessels shall use fuel oil that meets newly revised GB standard. Other inland vessels are required to use diesel oil that meets relevant standard. From 01.01.2020, oceangoing vessels are required to use low sulphur content fuel not exceeding 0.1%m/m when entering Inland Water ECA.
  • From 01.03.2020, vessels without taking alternative measures, such as installing PM and oxysulfide control device are only permitted to carry and use fuel oil specified in this regulation when entering into emission control areas.
  • From 01.01.2022, ocean-going vessel are required to use low Sulphur content fuel not exceeding 0.1%m/m when entering Hainan costal ECA.
  • Chinese authorities will evaluate the feasibility of using low Sulphur content fuel no more than 0.1%m/m at an appropriate time and decide whether or not to require ocean-going vessel to use fuel with Sulphur content not exceeding 0.1%m/m when entering coastal ECA from 01.01.2025.

A Circular from our correspondent in China, Huatai, is attached for Assured’s reference.