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New 0.5%S fuel rules come into force in China

New regulations apply to Yangtze River Delta Emission Control Area (ECA).



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Updated on 01 Oct 2018 13:02 GMT

New fuel sulphur content regulations have come into force in China's Yangtze River Delta Emission Control Area (ECA).

As from today, October 1, ships are now required to use low-sulphur fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5 percent:

- when entering the Jiangsu ports of Nantong or Suzhou;

- when entering Shanghai port area;

- when entering the Yangtze River Delta ECA if the ship's destination is either of the two key ports of Zhejiang: Ningbo or Zhoushan.

Vessels may use scrubbers to meet the new rules and they shall prioritize the use of shore power if they are equipped to do so.

Up until today, and since January, vessels have been required to use fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% when at berth in any Chinese ECA port - except for one hour after arrival and one hour before departure.

The new stricter rules come three months before ships will be required to run on 0.5 percent (or less) fuel at all times within China's three ECAs - Bohai Bay, Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta - on January 1, 2019.






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