China’s Ministry of Transport has issued a draft plan for measures to deal with the 2020 IMO sulphur cap, five months before the implementation of the regulation.
Under the plan, from January 1 2020, the ministry will request international ships to use fuel oil with no more than 0.5% sulphur content for sailing in Chinese controlled waters and use fuel oil with no more than 0.1% sulphur content when sailing on China’s inland rivers and Hainan waters.
Most notably, the plan has banned international ships from dumping waste water from using open-loop scrubbers at China’s emission control area (ECA), which covers most of the country’s coastline.
The ministry first announced the ban on open-loop scrubbers in January this year.
The ministry announced the draft plan in an open notice, asking opinions from relevant companies and authorities before making it official.