| The Government will shortly table in the Legislative
Council an Amendment Order to amend the Merchant Shipping (Prevention
and Control of Pollution) (Specification of Substances) Order (Cap.
413F). The Amendment Order was published in the Gazette today (June
A Marine Department spokesman said: "The Amendment Order
will bring the subsidiary legislation into line with internationally
agreed standards by specifying a new list of "substances
other than oil" in Cap. 413F. The Director of Marine will
give directions to reduce pollution when a marine casualty is
caused by such substances."
The Merchant Shipping (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Ordinance
and its subsidiary legislation, Cap. 413F, implement the International
Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases
of Oil Pollution Casualties, 1969 and its Protocol in Hong Kong.
The Convention and its Protocol were developed by the International
Maritime Organization (IMO). They allow contracting parties to
take necessary measures when threatened by grave and imminent
risk of pollution caused by either oil or other substances.
The IMO amends the list of "substances other than oil"
from time to time to reflect technical advancements and new chemicals
regulated by the Convention and the Protocol. The Amendment Order
will incorporate IMO's latest amendments relating to the list
of "substances other than oil" into domestic legislation.
Ends/Friday, June 25, 2004