China introduced additional requirements for ships
China introduced mandatory reporting requirements for submarines and ships carrying radioactive cargo, crude oil, chemical cargo, liquefied gas and other dangerous goods when entering the country's territorial waters.
Such vessels must indicate the name of the vessel, call signs, current position and port of destination, as well as clarify what kind of dangerous cargo they are transporting and what the deadweight of the vessel is. The corresponding order was issued by the PRC Maritime Safety Administration. The new requirements come into force on September 1 of the current year.
After the ship has entered the territorial waters of the PRC, the submission of repeated information is not required if the automatic identification system installed on board is in good order. But if the AIS does not work, the ship must submit information every two hours while it is in China's territorial waters, the Global Times reports, citing orders from the PRC's Maritime Security Administration.