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SWITCH TO CLEAN FUEL WHILE AT BERTH IN HONG KONG FOR OCEAN-GOING VESSELS

Apr. 28 2015

Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation in force on 1 July 2015

The Hong Kong Marine Department (HKMD) has issued the following attached Marine Department Notice, which concerns switch to clean fuel while at berth for Ocean-Going Vessels (OGVs).

Indeed, this Notice serves to inform that the Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation will take effect on 1 July 2015.

The Regulation requires OGVs to use compliant fuel i.e. low sulphur fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5% by weight, liquefied natural gas and any other fuels approved by the Director of Environmental Protection while at berth in Hong Kong, except during the first hour after arrival and the last hour before departure, so as to reduce sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions. The masters are required to record the date and time of fuel switching and keep the relevant records for three years. If an OGV uses technology that can achieve the same or less emission of SO2 as compared with using low sulphur marine fuel, the OGV may be exempted from switching to compliant fuel.

After the Regulation enters into force, masters and owners of any OGVs using non-compliant fuel while at berth in Hong Kong will be liable to a maximum fine of $200,000 and imprisonment for six months. Masters and owners who fail to record or keep the required particulars will also be liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for three months.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator (the “Administrator”) has issued the following attached Marine Safety Advisory (MSA) which concerns also clean fuel requirement in Hong Kong.

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has issued the following attached Technical Alert which also concerns the introduction of low-sulphur fuel regulations in Hong Kong.