In updates January 23 and February 5, 2019, Japan P&I Club and Gard reported that the ports of MiaLiao and Hoping would adopt the Ministry of Transport and Communications low sulphur regulations. The MiaLiao 0.5% fuel sulphur limit applies up to 12 nautical miles from the west breakwater lighthouse, and alongside or at anchor.
Effective January 1, 2019
A news article on Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Bureau website titled “Returning clean air to the people, seven major, international commercial ports adopt the low-sulfur fuel policy for implementation next year” confirmed that the Ministry of Transportation and Communications had adopted Article 75 of the Commercial Port Law on July 31, 2018 which requires ships from international routes entering Kaohsiung, Taichung, Keelung, Taipei, Hualien, Suao, and Anping international commercial ports to use low-sulfur fuel with a sulfur content of 0.5% or less, or a device or alternative fuel with equivalent abatement effects beginning January 1, 2019.
Port limits can be found at https://www.twport.com.tw/en/cp.aspx?n=24926B8167A3C236
The article goes on to say “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“.