Cargo ships to be more environmentally friendly

Goods must be covered up to prevent pollution, and violators face fines of up to 10,000 yuan (US$1,515).

Ships carrying dust-raising cargo on Huangpu River must cover the goods to prevent pollution, according to a new regulation to take effect from December 15.

Shipping operators can choose either to close the cargo hatch or cover the goods with tarpaulins to prevent cargo being carried from being exposed to the open air. Violators will be ordered to make rectification as well as to pay a fine up to 10,000 yuan (US$1,515).

Meanwhile, the authorities are urging that cargo ships on Huangpu River be kept clean and tidy. Emitting black smoke is forbidden.

The regulation applies to cargo ships sailing in navigable waters from Fenshui Longwang Temple in Songjiang District to Wusongkou port in Baoshan District.

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