China: revised Maritime Traffic Safety Law enters into force

The 2021 revision of the Maritime Traffic Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China (Order No. 79 of the President of the People’s Republic of China) entered into force on 1 September 2021. This Order was issued on 29 April 2021, and it introduces new reporting requirements on foreign vessels entering China’s territorial seas. The reporting requirements apply to the following vessels:

  1. submersibles;
  2. nuclear powered vessels;
  3. ships carrying radioactive materials;
  4. ships carrying bulk oil, chemicals, liquefied gas and other toxic and harmful substances;
  5. other vessels that may endanger the maritime traffic safety.

An official explanation for the revision of the law may be found at the Chinese Government website (in Chinese). An English translation is also available here.

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