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CHINA REQUIRES FUEL DATA REPORTING, BUT NO BAN ON OPEN LOOP SCRUBBERS, SAYS BIMCO

Thursday, January 10, 2019 

Recent notices from the shipowner organisation Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) to its members highlight recent developments by China concerning local marine emissions.

Firstly, BIMCO points out that from 1 January 2019 all ships must report the energy consumption data for their last voyage when entering and leaving Chinese ports. The new Regulation on Data Collection for Energy Consumption of Ships (RDCECS) applies to all ships of and above 400gt or powered by main propulsion machinery of 750kW or more propulsion power when they enter and leave Chinese ports, regardless of their nationality. 

Ships are required to report their energy consumption data of their last voyage to the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) when applying for a port departure report or port clearing formality. However, BIMCO states that chapter 3 of the regulation is dedicated to all Chinese flagged ships of and above 5,000gt that navigate internationally. In other words, chapter 3 is not applicable to foreign flagged ships.

Ships must report the required data (per voyage, per month and per year) via a maritime information platform maintained by China MSA. BIMCO recommends appointing local agents to report the data, as the platform is workable in Chinese only. BIMCO says that it will keep its members updated on this matter.

Meanwhile, BIMCO reports that rumours which have been circulating concerning the Ministry of Transport in Beijing proposals to ban open-loop scrubbers from the country’s emission control areas (ECAs), which now cover most of China’s territorial waters, seem to be unfounded. Sources familiar with the matter have told BIMCO that according to the updated regulation, the ban on wastewater discharge remains within inland ECAs, port waters under coastal DECA and the Bohai Bay waters only. However, it is still possible that a full ban on open-loop scrubbers could be adopted 

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