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Web Alert: Early implementation of low sulphur fuel oil (0.5%) requirement for ships in Yangtze River Delta ECA (from 1 Oct 2018)

12 September 2018

Members are advised that in accordance with the latest requirements from the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) of Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces (within the Yangtze River Delta ECA), from 1 October 2018, all ships (excluding warships/military ships, sport ships/boats, or fishing ships/vessels) will be required to use fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.5%m/m while navigating and berthing within the provinces’ waters and port areas.

This move comes ahead of the original timeline of Chinese ECA regulation and the implementation in the Pearl River Delta and Bohai Sea Area ECAs remains unchanged, ie the requirement to burn compliant fuel at all times inside these ECAs will take effect as per the original timeline of 1 January 2019. For members' reference, below is an update on the Chinese ECA timeline - 

Timeline

ECA(s)

Ports

Fuel required

Period of time applied

1 Apr 2016

Yangtze River Delta

Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Suzhou & Nantong

Sulphur content of no more than 0.5%

 

1 hour after berthing to 1 hour before departure

1 Oct 2016

Pearl River Delta

Shenzhen, Yantian, Shekou, Chiwan, Mawan and Dachan Bay

1 hour after berthing to 1 hour before departure

1 Jan 2017

Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, Bohai Sea Area

11 KEY ports:

Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Suzhou, Nantong, Tianjin, Qinhuangdao, Tangshan, Huanghua

1 hour after berthing to 1 hour before departure

1 Sept 2017

Yangtze River Delta

ALL ports in Yangtze River Delta ECA

1 hour after berthing to 1 hour before departure

1 Jan 2018

Pearl River Delta, Bohai Sea Area

ALL ports

1 hour after berthing to 1 hour before departure

1 Oct 2018

Yangtze River Delta

Sea area, inland waters, all ports in ECAs

Before entering in ECAs

1 Jan 2019

Pearl River Delta, Bohai Sea Area

Sea area, inland waters, all ports in ECAs

Before entering in ECAs

 

Members are therefore recommended to ensure that their ships burn compliant fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5% at all times while operating inside the Yangtze River Delta ECA. Any fuel change-over operation should be completed before entering or commenced after exiting from the Yangtze River Delta ECA.

For more details, please refer to the attached circulars from Huatai, CCS and KR Class.