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The MOTC’s Early Control of Low Sulfur Fuel Oil in International Vessels has Proven Effective Significant Improvement of Air Pollution Prevention at Ports
The MOTC’s Early Control of Low Sulfur Fuel Oil in International Vessels has Proven Effective Significant Improvement of Air Pollution Prevention at Ports"> The MOTC’s Early Control of Low Sulfur Fuel Oil in International Vessels has Proven Effective Significant Improvement of Air Pollution Prevention at Ports
The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) today (10th) stated that Taiwan’s seven international commercial ports began implementing control measures on January 1, 2019, one year before the international convention takes effect, for vessels that sail international routes to use low sulfur fuel oil. These measures have proven effective and significantly improved the air pollution at the ports, reducing SO2 emission by 6,454.83 metric tons (40.38%) and PM2.5 by 287.48 metric tons (22.32%) compared with last year (2018).        The MPB pointed out that in response to the threat of air pollution to people’s health and the environment, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) stipulated that vessels must use low sulfur fuel oil with sulfur content less than 0.5% of weight, or use devices or alternative fuel with the same emission reduction effect starting on January 1, 2020. For ocean carriers to become familiar with the low sulfur policy and vessel operations, Taiwan first implemented incentive measures at the Port of Kaohsiung on February 1, 2018, and expanded the measures to seven international ports on July 23. Incentive measures was implemented to the end of 2018, and a total of 2,097 applications were submitted in 2018 with total incentives reaching NT$34,535,000. This has achieved the goal of guiding shipowners to actively improve the air pollution at commercial ports, and successfully aligning vessels with international standards. Furthermore, in order to make it convenient for vessels that sail international routes to use low sulfur fuel oil, the MPB coordinated CPC Corporation to provide compliant low sulfur fuel oil at international commercial ports starting in 2019, and to provide full supply in 2020.     The MPB indicated that flag state and port state inspectors of Taiwan have received the same training as member states of the Tokyo MoU to verify visiting vessels use low sulfur fuel oil. A total of 988 vessels were inspected in 2019 and 25 deficiencies were found, including not using low sulfur fuel oil, missing fuel slip or record, incomplete procedures, and incorrect equipment operation, in which there were four violations of not using low sulfur fuel oil. Total fines of NT$400,000 were imposed in accordance with Article 66 of the Commercial Port Law. Overall, inspections found good use of low sulfur fuel oil.     There are 114 domestic vessels that sail international routes, 97 vessels have switched touselow sulfur fuel oil and 17 vessels were installed with equivalent emission reduction devices (scrubber) to comply with the convention, and all vessels meet international standards. However, the effect of open-loop scrubber on waters is still being extensively discussed around the world. The MPB indicated that it will continue to monitor the latest developments worldwide and resolutions of the IMO, and will closely monitor the water quality in harbors, amending domestic maritime and environmental protection laws and regulations in a timely manner to protect citizens’ rights. Contact person: Vessel Management Division Chief Huang Yu-Hsin Contact number: 02-89786291    0933-843-435
Performance of ROC-Flag Vessel Seaworthiness Management- Proudly Getting Into the White List of the Tokyo MOU
Performance of ROC-Flag Vessel Seaworthiness Management- Proudly Getting Into the White List of the Tokyo MOU"> Performance of ROC-Flag Vessel Seaworthiness Management- Proudly Getting Into the White List of the Tokyo MOU
The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB), MOTC has been working hard together with the CR Classification Society and ocean carrier businesses to maintain the international image of ROC-flag vessels, and to contribute to the safety of navigation across global waters as well as environmental protection. The Tokyo MOU organization announced this year (2019) that the performance of ROC-flag vessels’ seaworthiness management has proudly been added to the "white list". Director-General Hsieh Wei-Chun of MPB, MOTC states that, since the new inspection mechanism passed at the 23rd Tokyo MOU Port State Control Committee (abbreviated as PSCC) meeting on January 1, 2014 came into effect, the MPB has been continuously improving the performance of ROC-flag vessel seaworthiness management. MPB has also displayed the determination to keep up with the trends in the current international maritime field to elevate the competitiveness of our flag vessels. The MPB, MOTC has been working hard on keeping "performance of ROC-flag vessel seaworthiness management" consistently listed in the white list of Tokyo MOU. Starting from January of last year (2018), CR Classification Society and ocean carrier businesses have been continuously invited to the "2018 Performance Review Meetings on the Refining and Strengthening of National Vessel Inspection Operations". They've achieved consensus on action refinement and the strengthening of nationality control and inspection operations. High-risk flag vessels and management companies with "low" or "very low" ISM performances have been consulted and audited on a regular basis. Director-General Hsieh Wei-Chun of MPB, MOTC states that, through 2 years of hard work, the number of times that a ROC-flag vessel has been detained by the Tokyo MOU went from 7 vessels in 2016 to 2 vessels in 2017, then only 1 vessel last year (2018), achieving a performance much lower than the average of the Tokyo MOU. On April 23 this year (2019), Tokyo MOU organization announced that Taiwan’s performance of flag vessel seaworthiness management got proudly added to the "white list” of the Tokyo MOU. Not only has this elevated Taiwan’s international image, but also lowered the chances of ocean carriers getting inspected in foreign countries (port state control), reducing the operational costs of ocean carriers. Using a rolling wave planning approach, MPB, MOTC will continue to review flag vessel inspection mechanisms. While the goal is to elevate Taiwan's maritime competitiveness, the navigation safety of ROC-flag vessels will also be strengthened.   Contact Person: Lin Kuan-Hung, Section Chief, Vessel Management Division Contact Number: (02)8978-6296 0932-220231
Returning clean air to the people, seven major, international commercial ports adopt the low-sulfur fuel policy for implementation next year
Returning clean air to the people, seven major, international commercial ports adopt the low-sulfur fuel policy for implementation next year"> Returning clean air to the people, seven major, international commercial ports adopt the low-sulfur fuel policy for implementation next year
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 ContactNumber: 02-89782625, 0933-843-435

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