The latest control measure requires ships to use fuel with a sulfur content of no more than 0.5% during berthing at eleven key ports – excluding one hour after anchorage and one hour before departure. The ports in question are Tianjin, Qinhuangdao, Tangshan, Huanghua, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Suzhou and Nantong.
The eleven key ports in the applicable ECAs have started to implement the latest low sulfur content control measure and local MSAs will strengthen inspections of ships berthing in port waters, the American Club said.
“Given these recently reported developments, it seems clear that the MSAs will continue to enforce the PRC ECA regulations and requirements vigorously,” the American Club pointed out.
Following the abovementioned case, there have been at least two other foreign flagged vessels that have been penalized by MSAs for allegedly using non-compliant fuel.