China Initiates ECAs With LNG For Marine Fuel


China’s has announced a Special action plan regarding the reduction of emissions by 2020 and to turn the major shipping hubs into Emission Control Areas(ECA).


(Pic courtesy: Pollution haze over Bohai and Yellow Seas (NASA, 2009)

On September 8th, 2015, China’s Ministry of Transport has issued ‘The Ship and Port Pollution Prevention Special Action Plan (2015-2020)’.

Details of the Plan:

  • Plans to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions from ships in the Bohai Sea, the Pearl River Delta, and the Yangtze River Delta by 65% by 2020.
  • Plans to turn the two deltas and the Bohai Rim into Emission Control Areas (ECAs).
  • Plans to reduce the emission of nitrogen oxides by 20%, and other particulate matter by 30% compared to the stats from 2015.
  • The Government actively promotes Liquefied Natural Gas(LNG) as the marine fuel.
  • By 2020, 90% of the vessels working in that area shall use shore power for berthing, which will be provided by half of the container, cruise and ro-ro terminals in that region.
  • “National highway and waterway transportation Environmental Monitoring Network Master Plan” will be implemented to monitor the pollutant emission.


  • LNG wharf design specifications for LNG bunkering will be drawn up by the end of 2016.
  • A revision of the country’s oil and gas emission-related standards will be completed by the end of 2017.

Ministry of Environmental Protection has reported that China’s total emissions of SO2 and NOx accounted to 8.4% and 11.3% respectively.

Source: NGV Global

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