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China: Update on SPRO requirements

Effective from 1st March 2020, China's Maritime Safety Agency (MSA) has published new measures  on Agreement for Ship Pollution Response Regime and a Directory of Hazardous Bulk Liquid Cargo Apt to Cause Pollution, for which oil booms need to be deployed during cargo operations or an Agreement with a SPRO needs to be concluded. Meanwhile, IG Clubs has checked this effective date with the China MSA, confirming that this date will remain as 1st March 2020 and will not be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This forms an update to a 2015 requirement that owners/operators of any ship carrying polluting and hazardous cargoes in bulk or any other ship above 10,000 GT enter into a pollution clean-up contract with a Ship Pollution Response Organisation (SPRO) before the ship enters a PRC port or engages in loading, discharge or ship-to-ship transfers outside of the port but within 20 nm offshore. As a result of the update, there is no material change to the SPRO requirements, according to data provided by the Shipowners' Club. However, from 1st March 2020, no SPRO Agreements will be needed for any of the following: Any ship under 10,000 GT either in ballast or carrying a ...

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