India has become the world’s first country to ban single use plastics on ships, with China widely tipped to follow suit and the matter up for further discussion at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The Indian ban from January 1 relates to all ships calling Indian ports, or transiting Indian waters. Products on the barred list include bags, trays, containers, food packing film, milk bottles, freeze bags, shampoo bottles, ice cream containers, bottes for water and other drinks, dispensing containers for cleaning fluids, biscuit trays,hot drink cups, insulated food packing, protective packing for fragile items, microwave dishes, ice cream tubs, potato chip bags, bottle caps.
Items prohibited with immediate effect include cultery, plates, cups, drinking water bottles, garbage and shopping bags as well as dispensing containers for cleaning fluids which are less thank 10 litres in size.
Crews are required to store all banned items during port calls. Port state control will carry out checks.