As of late, it seems as if the world is cracking down on ocean shipments. News stories about finding drug smugglers on cruise lines, China attempting to reverse ocean pollution, and even finding dead scuba divers in Australia next to cocaine have shown police and world leaders that they’ve been slacking when monitoring the seas.
Today, as Shanghai resumes shipping, Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. released a statement regarding new requirements for the vessels that enter the port Waigaoqiao Terminal (Shanghai Port). Before listing the new regulations, the Company referenced China’s Yangtze River Protection Law. This law is a relatively new Chinese law that went into effect on 1 March 2021; it bans the carriage of highly toxic and dangerous chemicals in the Yangtze River Basin.
There are three requirements listed on the statement addressing the changes in conditions. It is important to note that these requirements apply to all DG that will be handled (Loading/Discharging/Transhipped) and transited (passed through). The new requirements are: requiring a complete (“100%”) ingredient list(*) and CAS No. (**) on MSDS. The second change asks for the ratio for each material, only if there are several materials for which the total ratio
should equate to 100%. The final addition to regulations in the Waigaoqiao Terminal is that the CAS No. for all materials is required.
The letter went on to warn any challengers of the new regulations, promising those who don’t comply with the rules that their vessels’ schedule will be heavily affected. They concluded their statement by assuring their customers that “ONE will continuously monitor the local situation in Waigaoqiao and keep you informed in case of any new changes to the regulation.”