Hong Kong

01 January 2019

Cap. 311AB Air Pollution Control (Fuel for Vessels) Regulation replaces the previous ‘at berth’ fuel rules and sets a 0.5%m/m fuel sulphur limit for vessels operating within Hong Kong waters, including at berth. Scrubbers can be used as an alternative method of compliance subject to grant of an exemption (application to be submitted at least 14 days before first arrival or exemption expiry):

There appears to be no restriction on the use of open loop scrubbers in port written into the Hong Kong legislation or in an accompanying government press release:

Compliant fuel required by the Regulation includes low-sulphur marine fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5 per cent, liquefied natural gas or any other fuel approved by the Director of Environmental Protection. If a vessel uses emission reduction technology that can achieve the same or less emission of sulphur dioxide when compared with using low-sulphur marine fuel, it may be exempted from using compliant fuel. (Click for the full press release)

July 2015

Hong Kong is a special administrative region within the Pearl River Delta.

Cap. 311AA Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation – [now replaced by Cap.311AB] sets a 0.5%m/m fuel sulphur limit for vessels at berth.

Scrubbers are allowed as an alternative method of compliance, however the exemption requires an application to be submitted at least 14 days before arrival:

Are there any exemptions?

A vessel may be exempted from using compliant fuel if that vessel uses technology which can reduce SO2 reduction at least as effectively as using low sulphur marine fuel or the compliance with the fuel switch at berth requirement will pose a risk to the safety of the vessel.

Application for exemption must be in writing in a specified form with supporting documents to the Environmental Protection Department at least 14 days in advance.

A link to  “A Guide to the Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels)(Fuel at Berth) Regulation” can be found at https://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/air/prob_solutions/guide-air-pollution-control-ocean-going-vesselsfuel-berth-regulation.html