Namely, hydrographic inaccuracies and the non-marking of existing terminals on charts raise serious navigational risks and prevent ships’ masters from carrying out proper passage planning and risk assessment.

Intertanko has raised this issue with the Chinese authorities and has asked them for confirmation that they will be updating navigational charts and to make sure that all new terminals are clearly marked in future.

In fact, the Secretariat sent a formal letter to the China MSA on 5 April noting Intertanko's concerns regarding the non-markings as well as concern over China’s policy on the non-marking of sensitive structures such as gas terminals on China hydrographic charts.

Below you may find the reported cases of terminals and berths not marked on China navigational charts:

chinese uncharted terminals

Credit: Intertanko