China ECA – A new addition to ECA

DNV-GL-China-new-sulphur-requirements-2015_12China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection data shows that SO2 and NOx emissions from ships accounted for 8.4% and 11.3%, respectively, of China’s total emissions. So country had to work on it and they have planned to reduce SO2 emission by 65% by 2020.
There is now a new addition to ECA area, it is Chinese ECA (Emission Control Area. Major shipping hubs has been included in this control area (called district). Transport Ministry on December 4 issued the esablishment of ship emissions control area (ECA) in the Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and the Bohai three waters.
Ministry of transport has issued The Ship and Port Pollution Prevention Special Action Plan 2015-2020, on September 8. It aims to reduce No2 by 20%, and other particulate matter by 30% compared to the stats from 2015.

Timeline –

  1. From 1st January 2019 – 0.5% Sulphur fuel to be used for the vessel plying in these areas.
  2. From 1st January 2016 – 11 key ports in this area are allowed to implement same requirement. Shanghai seems to be ready to implement this requirement.
  3. From 1st January 2017 – Above rule will become mandatory for these above ports.
  4. End of 2019 – Review of situation to consider 0.1% Sulphur limit.

As alternative, shore power on terminals, exhaust gas scrubber and LNG as primary gas will be in accepted.




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