As part of its continuous efforts to improve the air quality of domestic shipping transport, the Chinese Ministry of Transport published earlier this week new requirements for shipping emissions of the nitrogen oxides (NOx).
The measures require that, from 1 September 2018, the vessels’ engines meet the NOx Tier II emission limits under the IMO’s 1973 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78), as amended by the 1978 Protocol.
The requirements apply both for imported vessels and for Chinese-flagged international sailing vessels, involved only in Chinese domestic transport. They are also applicable for second-hand vessels involved in Chinese domestic transport.
Namely they cover vessels operating both within coastal waters -Chinese National 12 nm zone and Hainan Island waters- and all navigable inland waterways, including Yangtze River.
Exemptions concern the fishing, military and sports vessels.
The relevant ship inspection agencies, maritime administrative agencies and waterway transportation management departments shall, in accordance with their duties, carefully control and supervise and manage the domestic waterway transportation of imported vessels and Chinese-speaking international navigation vessels.