OSRO Builds Chinese Pollution Control Consortium

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In response to regulations enacted on March 1, 2010 on the Prevention and Control of Vessel-Induced Marine Environment Pollution, a Hong Kong based firm – OSRO China Ltd - has laid the foundation for a consortium of oil spill response contractors throughout China’s ports that fulfills China’s latest pollution control legislation.

Head of the Hong Kong operation, David Schaus said: “From our past experience and relationships with oil sludge collection contractors, we have been able to build a network of Level 1 responder applicants, that, on approval from China’s Maritime Safety Authority (MSA), will form a turn-key pollution control product that will allow ship owners to sign a single Agency Agreement while meeting all statutory requirements.”

OSRO China was founded as a result of the Chinese Government’s recent approval of the Regulations of The People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Vessel Induced Marine Environment Pollution. Of particular concern to ship owners was the requirement for pollution control agreements to be executed with local Oil Spill Response Organizations for ships carrying hazardous substances or of greater than 10,000 Gross Tonnes (GRT).

The newly introduced requirement would require ship owners to have contracts in place with local oil spill response organizations – which currently do not exist. Previously, the China MSA has called on existing oil sludge collectors and/or tank cleaning contractors to assist the MSA as and when required during pollution incidents. In the past, these companies have had oil pollution clean-up equipment on hand for their normal operations, in addition to access to the MSA’s inventory.

The new China legislation stipulates a licensing process (to be approved by the MSA) for potential oil spill response contractors. On approval of which they would be able to contract with ship owners to become responsible for any pollution clean-up requirements from their ships.

On February 26, 2010, the Shenzhen Maritime Safety Administration notice No. 38 of 2010 confirmed that the regulations would go into effect on March 01, 2010 and advised that while evaluations and qualifications of pollution control companies were still on-going, shipping companies may sign contracts with those Marine Pollution Response companies (applicants) already registered with the MSA and specified in Appendix 2 of the regulation.

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

Control of Emission from Vessels in Hong Kong Waters

Amendments to the Shipping and Port Control Ordinance (Cap. 313) and the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) Ordinance (Cap. 548) to enhance the control of dark

Desulfurization of Exhaust Gases in Shipping

Are shipowners prepared to enter SECA zones?   Due to existing regulations on air exhaust emissions from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and with

Valemon Topsides Installed

On Monday, July 28, the topsides were lifted into place on the steel jacket on the Valemon field in the North Sea. Produced by Samsung Heavy Industries this is

Salvage

Lake St. Clair Grounded Bulk Carrier: Update

The Coast Guard says it continues to monitor the response and salvage operations to the 656-foot HK-flagged bulk carrier 'Federal Rideau', hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St.

South Korean Teens: Left to Escape Sinking Ferry

Students testify no help came from crew; Coastguard rescuers were passive, only pulling passengers out. Crew in a state of panic, witness says. Six teenagers

Coast Guard Responds to Grounded Freighter in Lake St. Clair

The Coast Guard has responded Sunday to a 656-foot freighter that was hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair. Initial reports indicate

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1139 sec (9 req/sec)