China-MSA revised Ship Routing System and Ship Reporting System in Qiongzhou Strait from 1 April 2022

25 March 2022 No.1159
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We have obtained information by our correspondent in China, Oasis P&I Services Company Limited as below. For details’, please see the attached their circular.



Date: 23 Mar 2022


Oasis Circular No.: 2203


In order to regulate the ships’ navigation order in Qiongzhou Strait, China MSA recently announced the revised Ship Routing System and Reporting System in Qiongzhou Strait, which will take effect on 01 April 2022.


  • The revised Routing system consists of Separation Zones, Boundary Lines, Traffic Lanes, Precautionary Areas, Areas to be Avoided, Recommended Routes, Roundabout and Inshore Traffic Zones. Ships are forbidden from anchoring, fishing and farming in the Traffic Lanes and Precautionary Areas. Ships shall avoid crossing traffic lanes as far as practicable and shall report to the VTS in advance if ships are obliged to cross. In addition, the participating ships shall not be exempted from the obligation under the International Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea, 1972.


  • The revised reporting system consists of 4 reporting lines, ships entering the reporting area shall report to Qiongzhou Strait VTS Center but ships departing from the reporting area are not required to report. If a traffic accident, pollution or other emergencies is occurred involving the ship or some other ship, the ships involved shall report the incident and relevant information to the VTS immediately. The working channel of Qiongzhou Strait VTS Center is VHF08 and the reserved channel is VHF25.


Qiongzhou Strait VTS Centre suggests ships shall learn the 2 systems carefully and update the ships’ sea chart and passage plan accordingly.


Any ship violating the rules of the above 2 revised systems shall face the administrative penalty or other administrative compulsory measures imposed by MSA in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.


Enclosed are the Schematic Diagram of Ships’ Routing and Reporting System in Qiongzhou Strait as well as ECA of Hainan waters made by us and the No.1 Announcement made in both Chinese and English by the China MSA for your reference.


Please be reminded that ships in the reporting area shall strictly comply with the emission control requirement.


According to Implementation Scheme by Ministry of Transport, the sulphur content of any fuel oil used by sea-going ships should not exceed 0.1% m/m when entering the Hainan waters of coastal emission control area from 01 January 2022.


We hope the above is of assistance. If there is any query, please feel free to contact us at at any time.


Best regards,


Oasis P&I Services Company Limited