Pollution Control Unit (PCU) is responsible for provision of marine refuse cleansing services and preventing and cleaning up oil discharges into sea.
- PCU manages a fleet of specialised refuse collection vessels, including three Sea Cleaners, and contracted vessels to provide a floating refuse scavenging and collection service.
- A total of about 2,400 tonnes of floating refuse and domestic refuse from vessels are collected annually. Littering the waters of Hong Kong is an offence and liable to a fine of HK$10,000 and 6 months imprisonment.
- Reports of floating refuse and marine littering can be made to the 24-hour hotline (Tel (852)1823).
- We are one in keeping our harbour clean (Leaflet)
- PCU regularly inspects vessels bunkering/transferring oil in Hong Kong waters and advises the masters on the precautions to be taken.
- It also checks oil terminals to ensure that their anti-oil pollution equipment is in good order.
- It is on call 24 hours a day. Reports of oil discharges can be made to the Police or to the Vessel Traffic Centre (Tel (852)2233-7801) or to the Harbour Patrol Section (Tel (852)2385-2791).
A dynamic petroleum oil spill response team equipped with both surface spill recovery and chemical dispersing systems
- Prevent Oil Spill into the Sea, Reduce Harbour Pollution (Leaflet)
Use of the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre at Tsing Yi for disposal of oily and chemical wastes (MARPOL waste)
- The owner or agent or master of an ocean-going vessel from which it is intended to discharge polluting waste shall, not less than 72 hours prior to the arrival of the vessel, submit the duly completed Service Order Form to the Central Marine Office, Marine Department.
- Copies of this Notice and the Service Order Form may be obtained free of charge from the Central Marine Office, 3/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong.
- Details of the revised charging scheme are contained in the Legal Supplement No. 2 to the Hong Kong Government Gazette No. 18/2008 - Legal Notice 99 of 2008.