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Ship Waste Disposal

Executing Agencies:

Ministry of Communications (MOC);China, State Oceanic Administration, 6 Chinese Port Authorities

The project closed as of June 30, 1997. The Government has agreed to provide information on project performance indicators for the period up to June 30, 2003 (six years after closing). The objective of the proposed project is to reduce pollution of international and territorial waters caused by ships' wastes through: (a) improved monitoring and analysis of the nature and magnitude of the problem; (b) improved policy, regulatory and incentive frameworks; and (c) the provision of facilities to receive, treat and safely dispose of ship wastes. Towards this end, the project will provide financial and technical assistance to GOC and the six Port Authorities for the construction and/or rehabilitation and expansion of ships' waste disposal facilities. While limited to the six ports serving a major part of China's sea-borne international traffic, the proposed project will serve as a model for other ports in the country, as well as for ports in other countries, particularly those in the region, and provide a solid basis for environmental monitoring activities and oil spill contingency planning. Project Description. The project has two components: a national component and a ports' component. The national component comprises: (a) the establishment of baseline data on international ship traffic, related waste types and quantities through design and implementation of a pilot inter-port ship waste monitoring system to facilitate monitoring and enforcement; (b) preparation of a comprehensive oil spill contingency plan for each port; (c) preparation of terms of reference of a study for a Large Marine Ecosystem monitoring program for the Yellow Sea; (d) undertaking of a study to assess and develop a system for the treatment of chemically contaminated water; (e) provision of facilities to upgrade environmental monitoring capabilities at the ports, coastal waters as well as international waters, and promotion of coordination among the various authorities; (f) preparation of a tariff schedule based on cost recovery; and (g) provision of consultant services and training. The ports' component comprises: (a) provision or development of appropriate waste reception and disposal facilities at the ports of Dalian, Tianjin, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen and Guangzhou; and (b) the establishment or upgrading of environmental monitoring and enforcement by the Port Authorities.

Project implementation has been satisfactory. Ship waste reception facilities at the six ports have been substantially completed (the contaminated waste water treatment facility at Guangzhou Port will be completed by end 1997). Laboratory equipment and training of environmental staff at the six ports has improved monitoring capability. The Ship Waste Tracking System has been developed, and the second phase training program for ports and MOC staff took place in May 1997. The Guidelines for Generic Oil Spill Contingency Plan (prepared for the six ports) is in the process of being given official status and applied to all Chinese ports; to promote dissemination of the new guidelines, MOC implemented an oil spill contingency drill at Ningbo Port, attended by nation-wide authorities and harbor superintendencies. Proposals for the new tariff for ship-waste treatment/tracking facilities will be sent to SPC for consideration by December 1997. Preparation of the Project Implementation Completion Report is underway.

Toxic Substances

Yellow Sea (LME)

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Documents & Resources
General information
GEF ID 587
IBRD ID 3405
Project type Full-Size Project
Status closed (Project Closure)
Start Date 22 May 1992
End Date 30 Jun 1997
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 30,000,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 64,800,000
YES - See results data (587)

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (WB)

Project contacts
Tsutsumi Toshiro World Bank team leader