China to Implement Emission Controls

The Chinese Government has announced that it will implement a three-year plan to reduce SOx emission control measures starting on 1 January 2016. Initially, core ports may require ships at berth to use fuel with less than 0.5% sulphur content or implement equivalent measures such as exhaust gas cleaning. However, as of 1 January 2017, these provisions will become mandatory for ships at berth in core ports and will progress in 2019 to ships operating within designated areas. Details are provided at the ABS Regulatory Newsroom.