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WSS delivers oil pollution response compliance in Chinese ports

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has announced the introduction of agency services covering Ship Pollution Response Organization (SPRO) regulations for vessels calling at ports in China.

The provision of the service follows new requirements introduced by the Chinese Maritime Safety Agency (MSA) that all vessels calling Chinese ports must have a valid contract with a licensed SPRO in China.

The rules apply to any ship carrying polluting and hazardous cargoes in bulk or any other vessel above 10,000 gt and came into effect from January 1, 2012, with a grace period until March 1 at ports where the MSA has yet to approve SPROs. The requirements do not apply to Hong Kong or Macau.

Having concluded agreements with local SPRO service companies, WSS is able to provide its customers with contracts with licensed suppliers at all ports in China, delivering certainty that they are in compliance with the regulations.

Captain Bi Yuping - General Manager of WSS Ships Agency & Marine Logistics China, said:
"Through the five WSS offices along the coastline of China, we aim to offer to our clients a global standard of service and peace of mind that they are compliant with the oil pollution response regulation. As with all agency services provided by WSS, our aim is to eliminate the operational burden on the shipowner and to increase their vessels' operational efficiency at Chinese ports."

WSS customers with any questions regarding SPRO contracts and procedures should contact their local WSS port specialists for further information. A list of contact persons can be found here:

Shanghai: Brian Zhang +86 158 2133 3622 bo.zhang@wilhelmsen.com
Beijing: Julia Ding +86 13901205653 julia.ding@wilhelmsen.com
Qingdao: Sam Wei +86 13954210228 sam.wei@wilhelmsen.com
Dalian: Tina Chen +86 13889622279 tina.chen@wilhelmsen.com
Ningbo: Alex Chen +86 13967892698 alex.chen@wilhelmsen.com
Tianjin: Leo Hao +86 13652126405 leo.hao@wilhelmsen.com


2012-01-19

Please see Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) company electronic office

For further information, contact:
Ole Jakob Ytterdal
Head of Communications
Wilhelmsen Ships Service
Tel: +47 67 58 40 00
Mobile: +47 97 08 83 62
ole.j.ytterdal@wilhelmsen.com

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is part of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, a Wilh. Wilhelmsen group company. It has the world’s largest maritime services network, with 4,500 marine professionals servicing 2,200 ports in 125 countries.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies safety products and services, Unitor products, Unicool refrigerants, Unitor and Nalfleet marine chemicals, maritime logistics and ships agency to the maritime industry. Last year the company made product deliveries to 25,000 vessels and handled 70, 000 port calls.

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