India going off the rails, China next
India decided to be the first country in the world to ban all plastics on board of all ships calling Indian ports, or transiting Indian waters, according to a document, sent to all ships of a major shipping company:
As from 01 Jan 2020 the following single use of plastics are prohibited to be use:
1) Bags, Trays, Containers, food packing film;
2) Milk Bottles, freeze bags, shampoo bottles, ice cream containers;
3) Bottes for water and other drinks, dispensing containers for cleaning fluids; biscuit trays;
4) Hot drink cups, insulated food packing, protective packing for fragile items;
5) Microwave dishes, ice cram tubs, potato chip bags, bottle caps
Items prohibited with immediate effect as from 16 October 2019:
1) Cultery , Plates and cups;
2) Up to 10 Litres bottles for water and other drinks;
3) Garbage and shopping Bags, and
4) Dispensing Containers for cleaning fluids which are less Thank 10 Litres volume
Crews are required to:
Store all banned items during Port calls.
Plastic ban will be an item in PSC checks, with punishments, such as detention and/or fine, not yet determined, but they’re sure to come, we all know the game.
China reportedly, is next in line.
What is it crews are supposed to do? How to survive Indian ports and waters? Don’t eat, don’t drink, don’t visit toilets, don’t produce any wastes? Well, container ships and tankers may manage that, providing call lasts no more than 24 hours, what about others?