The Standard Club, a specialist maritime insurer, has received reports that since January 1st, 2020 there have been two separate ships in Chinese waters that have been found using non-compliant fuel.
This is contrary to the January 1st implementation of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2020 rules.
The first ship was under a port state control inspection in Qingdao China when the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) verified the use of fuel oil with a sulphur content of 0.6777% mm.
The new IMO 2020 regulations stipule sulphur content should be no more than 0.5% mm.
The second ship was berthed in Xiamen when the MSA cited her with burning non-compliant fuel. The ship had been at berth nearly six days after changing over to compliant fuel.
However, according to a statement issued by The Standard Club, it is likely that previous high sulphur fuel residue remained in the engine fuel system resulting in emissions over the China ECA limit. The ship was ordered to take effective measures to purify the fuel system.
It is not clear yet whether the MSA will fine the ships as a result of the infractions.
According to the Chinese implementation plan of IMO 2020, the MSA will handle infractions in accordance with China’s Atmospheric Pollution Prevention and Control Law. Article 106 of this law provides that ships can be fined no less than RMB10,000 ($1,445) but no more than RMB100,000 ($14,452).