New Emission Control Rules from 2019 in Hong Kong

Hong Kong will introduce its own regulation to require vessels plying Hong Kong waters to use cleaner fuel from January 2019, UK P&I Club informed. The regulation is said to complement the efforts under the PRC’s Ministry of Transport’s action plan for the Hong Kong, Macau and PRD (Pearl River Delta).

From January 1, 2019, onwards, vessels trading within the PRD Domestic Emission Control Areas (DECA) are required to run on low-sulphur fuel with the sulphur content not exceeding 0.5%, according to the plan set out by the PRC’s Ministry of Transport.

The boundary of the PRD DECA (excluding the waters of Hong Kong and Macao) is about 12 nautical miles and it includes the ports of Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Zhuhai.

(World Maritime News)