China's Vessel Pollution Requirements Taking Effect May 1

These provisions contain five requirements prohibiting discharges into inland waters.

The Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China announced that the newly revised Provisions on the Prevention and Control of Vessel Pollution of the Inland Water Environment will take effect on May 1, 2016, the Maritime Safety Administration of the People's Republic of China reports. The agency is located in Beijing.

These provisions contain five requirements prohibiting discharges into inland waters:

  • Prohibiting the ships to discharge noxious liquid substances and its residue or the ballast water, washwater, or other mixture
  • Prohibiting ships from using an incinerator
  • Prohibiting ships from using an oil spill dispersant
  • Prohibiting crew members from discharging the ship's garbage
  • Cleaning the pollutants from shipbuilding and repair on water or in the operation process timely is required, and ships are prohibited from jettisoning the pollutants into the water.

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