The Maritime and Port Bureau, MOTC expresses that, according to MARPOL, ships on international routes should fully adopt low-sulfur fuel with a sulfur content of less than 0.5% beginning January 1, 2020. In order to improve the air quality in Taiwan's ports and surrounding areas sooner, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications has adopted Article 75 of the Commercial Port Law on July 31, 2018 to require that ships from international routes that enter Kaohsiung, Taichung, Keelung, Taipei, Hualien, Suao, and Anping international commercial ports use low-sulfur fuel with a sulfur content of 0.5% or less, or a device or alternative fuel with equivalent abatement effects beginning on an earlier date of January 1, 2019.
Maritime and Port Bureau Director-General David Hsieh indicates that, from next year, international route ships will be required to attach oil change records, bunker delivery notes, and the names of the last 10 ports of calling and respective arrival and departure dates prior to entering the port. Ships equipped with the same emission reduction effect (such as Scrubber) will need approval by the accreditation body (RO) and documented in the certificate. The port state control inspectors will select the target ship according to the selection system to perform spot checks on the vessel. The inspection focuses on the documents, relevant data records, and reports which should be prepared, whether the crew is familiar with the operation of the facility, and whether the oil tank outlet valve has a switchover and whether the fuel heater outlet temperature and viscosity meet the requirements of the oil change procedure. The Maritime and Port Bureau has established the Inspection Procedure for Vessels Using Low-Sulfur Fuel (Chinese and English version) on October 25, 2018 for the industry's reference.
Considering that ships are unable to purchase qualified fuel or have temporary equipment failure at the ports within the scheduled voyage such that the use of low-sulfur fuel or the safe use of low-sulfur oil is not an option, those who can provide certified plans for alteration or replacement issued by an authorized institution may be exempt by means of a special project as processed by the Maritime and Port Bureau; the latter can apply before the implementation of the convention. At present, the exemption stipulations are being added to the Regulations on Port Services at Commercial Ports. It is hoped that with the completion of relevant supporting measures, the shipping industry will pay attention to the air pollution problem in the port area and work together to improve it.
Contact Person: Vessel Management Division, Section Chief Yu-Hsin Huang
Contact Number: 02-89782625, 0933-843-435