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Saturday, September 22, 2018

CHINA INTRODUCES ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

A summarised translation of a new Environmental Protection Law for the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been received courtesy of UK P & I.

The law is due to be enforced from 1 April 2000 although it is not understood how the law will be enforced.

The Legislation itself is 10 chapters in length and covers all forms of pollution with marine pollution aspects ranging from land-originated pollution to construction projects at sea. Clauses include the prohibition of the discharge of ballast water without prior consent and the notification to the authorities of any vessels carrying dangerous waste through the sea area of the PRC.

Within the summary received is a detailed overview of the various aspects which will directly affect ‘all’ shipowners. However, there are areas which require further clarification, such as that for pollution, and also as to whether the area governed by the PRC extends to the territorial waters or the EEZ.

For more information on this and a copy of the short overview, please contact tim.wilkins@intertanko.com

(Sources: UK P&I’s Karl Lumbers, Dr Chao Wu and Danny Ng)