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Call for Yangtze vessels to upgrade fuel

22 January 2014
Shanghai has pledged to crack down on violators of a new air pollution alarm system that was issued last week. Under the new system, factories will be suspended and vehicles banned from the roads on severely polluted days.

Meanwhile, the deputy director of the Yangtze River Channel Management Bureau said authorities must also pay attention to the long-neglected area of polluting vessels.

“Large amount of particles and pollutants are being released by moving and berthing boats and ships that severely pollute the city’s harbours," said Fan Yaxiang.

Pollution from ships account for 12 per cent of Shanghai’s total sulphur oxide emissions, 11 per cent of total nitrogen oxide emissions and some 5 per cent of the PM2.5 (particulate matter up to 2.5 micrometers in size), according to a survey from the city’s air quality watchdog.

Vessels from nearby Anhui and Jiangsu provinces are also polluting the air when they pass the mouth of the Yangtze River to or from the sea, Mr Fan said, adding that the city government should force ships to upgrade the fuel they use.

     
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