Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution) Regulation on Local Vessels

The new Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution) Regulation, CAP 413P (“the Regulation”) will come into operation on 1 July 2016 to implement the air pollution control requirements set out in Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships.
The new Regulation requires local vessels of 400 GT or above to carry on board a Hong Kong Air Pollution Prevention Certificates (HKAPP Certificate), an International Air Pollution Prevention Certificates (IAPP Certificate), or an equivalent certificate or document recognized by the Director.
In line with the latest Annex VI to MARPOL requirements, the Regulation will tighten the emission standards for air pollutants generated by ships. The main requirements of the Regulation that local vessels need to comply with are as follows:
(a) Prohibition of deliberate emission of Ozone Depleting Substances
(b) Emission of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)
(c) Sulphur Content of Fuel Oil
(d) Shipboard Incineration
(e) Fuel Oil Quality

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