Intertanko voices concern about uncharted Chinese terminals

Intertanko voices concern about uncharted Chinese terminals

Global tanker association Intertanko has written to China’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) voicing the concern of many of its members about the number of uncharted terminals in Chinese ports, principally among the host of new LNG terminals that have been developed in recent years.

Hydrographic inaccuracies and the non-marking of existing terminals on charts pose serious navigational risks and prevent ships’ masters from carrying out proper passage planning and risk assessment, Intertanko warned.

Ports Intertanko is concerned about include Zhoushan, Qidong, Guangxi Beihai, Caojing, Nanjing, Rizhao, Dongjiakou and Weifang.

The tanker body also raised its concern with the MSA over China’s policy on the non-marking of sensitive structures such as gas terminals on China hydrographic charts.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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