Maritime India Summit 2016 (MIS 2016) was organized from April 14-16, 2016 at Mumbai, India. Li Qingping, deputy head of the Maritime Safety Administration of the People’s Republic of China (China MSA) attended the meeting and delivered a speech.
“Maritime India Summit is a good platform for sharing information and experience on the maritime affairs, in particular, in the shipbuilding and shipping industry. China hopes to take advantage of this platform to strengthen communication and cooperation on international maritime affairs with India as well as other Countries and/or companions. And we are ready to work together with Member Countries of IMO for contributing our due share to pushing forward the legislation of international maritime conventions along with the vision ‘Safer Shipping, Cleaner Oceans’ and to fulfill common development demands in promoting national economic development.” Li Qingping said.
At the meeting, Li Qingping put great emphasis on two topics. Firstly, he introduced China’s Implementation Plan on Domestic Emission Control Areas (DECAs). The Plan has been taken into force since January 1st, 2016. The primary objective of the Plan is not only to aim to gradually phase out the vessels with high pollution and high energy consumption in China but also follow up the national economic development strategy to push the shipping industry restructuring and promote the sustainable development of the shipping economy. Meanwhile, it’s a positive steps towards implementation of the international maritime convention and improving air quality and environment protection by strictly restricting high-polluting ships from entering Chinese ports. IMO requires that all ships regulated by the Convention shall use fuel oil with sulphur contents of no more than 0.5% m/m by 2020 or 2025. Based-on the ardent expectation of international social, the Chinese government determines to implement this requirement at least 3 years earlier and that is demonstrated China’s stronger and responsible determination in the ship emission reduction. To facilitate shipping companies and flag states to obtain relevant information, please download the English version of the Plan.
Secondly, Li Qingping talked a few words on the Goal-based Standards which is under proceeding in IMO. China will enhance communication, share of information, and coordination to promote the development of international regulations so that to contribute our common efforts to the healthy, sustainable and green development of the international shipping industry.
Li Qingping strongly believe that, as long as we are aiming at benefiting the peoples of the world and protecting the environment and beautiful oceans which we all rely on, the closely maritime cooperation between all of countries of the world will flourish and yield fruitful outcomes for the globe and oceans.
Speech Script：Work Together for a Better International Maritime Future