Strengthening the Comprehensive Environmental Management in Bohai Region, Shangdong Province

A few days ago, the General Office of the Shandong Provincial Government issued the Shandongs Battle Plan against Comprehensive Environmental Management in the Bohai Sea Region (referred to as the Plan. Before the end of this year, Shandong will establish the special inspection system for key risk sources such as crude oil terminals and ships along the Bohai Sea; clarify thesubject of responsibility for oil spill pollution control in coastal waters and coastal areas; improve the ability of oil spill fingerprint identification;deploy the emergency supplies storehouse, and complete the risk assessment of offshore oil spill pollution in the Bohai Sea.

According to the Plan, Shandong will implement a series of measures, such as strengthening pollution control of ships and ports and improving pollution control facilities,and so on. By 2020, the proportion of coastal waters with excellent water quality (Class I and Class II water quality)will reach about 88%, among which the Bohai sea will reach about 75%. 

In order to promote ship pollution control, Shandong will standardize the dismantling behavior of ships on the water, prohibit the dismantling  on the beach; improve ship sewage treatment facilities, strictly implement the Standards for Controlling the Discharge of Pollutants from Ships, and phase out ships that fail to meet the pollutant discharge standards within a specified period; forbid the new built ships which fail to meet the standards from entering the transport market; prohibit ships from discharging oily sewage into any water body exceeding the standards, implement lead seal management for  ships that meet the requirement of lead seal; strictly control the high-contamination operations such as ship to ship transfer operation of crude oil, single point mooring in Bohai Sea areas.

In terms of port pollution control facilities, Shandong will improvethe capacity of ports and ship repair plants to receive, transfer and dispose of oily sewage, chemical washing water, domestic sewage and garbage and other pollutants, and improve the connectivity of ships, ports and cities in the transfer and disposal of pollutants. By the end of 2020, coastal ports and ship repair plants will meet the construction requirements for receiving, transferring and disposing of ship pollutants.