Which ECA rules applied to Taiwan territorial waters?

asked 21 Dec '18, 08:37

Dec. 21, 2018, 8:37 a.m.
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New ECA regulation in Taiwan ports will start from Jan 1st 2019.

  • As per MARPOL's rules, all international vessels forced to use low sulfur for Navigation from year 2020. However, according to TAIWAN government MOT (Ministry of Transport) announced that the said regulations will Earlier execute start from Jan/01/2019 in Taiwan.
  • This regulation is only for Marine Diesel Oil, not for Fuel Oil.
  • The vessels should use the low-sulfur less than 0.5% at least 5 nautical miles before entering commercial Taiwan port area. (Commercial port in Taiwan: Keelung, Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Suao, Hualien, Anping, total 7 ports)
  • Mailiao port is private industrial port (not commercial port), it has the different regulation, which all vessels calling Mailiao port should use the low-sulfur less than 0.5% before 12 nautical miles from west breakwater lighthouse The position for west breakwater lighthouse : 23°47.16N 120° 09.64 E
  • Regarding inspection procedures, there are 2-cases. One is an inspection by "flag state or port state control", the other in an inspection by "local environmental protection of organization and Maritime and Port Bureau".

In case of inspection by " flag state or port state control"

  • The inspectors perform the inspection irregularly and without notice, which is the same as the existing vessel selection method. (In this case, oil sample NOT to be collected in the inspection.)

In case of "local environmental protection of organization and Maritime and Port Bureau"

  • The inspectors perform the inspection irregularly and without notice, which is the same as above inspection by flag state or port state control.
  • Every time of the inspection, they collect oil sample from vessel then pass it to analysis for determining whether it is in compliance with the regulations.
  • Upon above oil sample analysis, if it is found to be in compliance with the regulations, Captain can sign the declaration then the vessel can depart upon approval by Maritime Affairs Centers.
  • Upon above oil sample analysis, if it is found NOT to be in compliance with the regulation, the vessel will liable for violation of the commercial port law and be fined at the next voyage. (The detailed information about the analysis, it is now still under discussion by concerned parties and it is unknown how many hours it will take for the analysis at this moment.)

Regarding the inspection at Mailiao as industrial port (not commercial port), although the inspection by "flag state or port state control" to be performed in the same manner as above commercial ports, it is unknown whether the inspection by "local environmental protection of organization and Maritime and Port Bureau" to be performed or not. It is now still under discussion by concerned parties.

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answered 21 Dec '18, 08:46

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