Energy Consumption Data Collection for Ships Calling Chinese Ports

13 January 2019

Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) introduces energy consumption requirement for ships calling Chinese ports

13 January 2019

Regulation on Data Collection for Energy Consumption of Ships

The new regulatory requirements came into force on 1 January 2019.


 All ships calling a Chinese port which are:

  • 400 GT and above; or
  • Powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW of propulsion power and above.

Warships and fishing vessels are exempt from the regulation.


Ship Energy Consumption Data means information related to energy consumption of a ship, including ship particular, data on transport work and fuel consumption

Voyage means sailing, berth and operation of a ship during two contiguous ports of call, starting with the time of last berth and ending with the time of this berth.


Every ship calling a Chinese port shall submit a voyage-specific “Data Report Format for Energy Consumption of Ships” prior to leaving the port.

The completed Report Format should detail energy consumption information from the vessel’s last voyage. It must be submitted via the Chinese MSA’s online maritime information platform.


Ships may be exempted from the voyage reporting requirements where they are sailing:

  • within a fixed region and the time underway per voyage is 4 hours or less; or
  • on a fixed route and the time underway per voyage is 12 hours or less.

Vessels satisfying one of the above criterion may instead submit monthly reports recording daily energy consumption data from each voyage in a logbook or specified record book. The aggregated data of the last calendar month must be reported to the China MSA branch of the relevant port of call before the 10th of each month.


Specified record books used to record energy consumption data shall be kept on board the ship for a period of 1 year following the last entry and be readily available for verification and inspection.

Chinese MSA Circular

An unofficial translation of the relevant Chinese MSA circular has been provided by Chinese authorities.

Download English Translation of Chinese Data Collection Regulation