A review of the legal and policy framework for vessel source pollution in Hong Kong

Ling Zhu, Sunil Kumar Agarwal

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Vessel source marine pollution is an increasingly major concern at both the national and international levels. HongKong, as an important maritime center, is naturally concerned with vessel source pollution. To meet the challenges, Hong Kong has formulated policies and measures that emphasize "green shipping" as part of an overall planning strategy that promotes a "green economy." This article provides a review and analysis of Hong Kong's marine pollution laws, with a view toward making policy suggestions. It argues that the general perception of the adequacy of Hong Kong's marine laws in combating vessel source pollution is flawed. It suggests that Hong Kong should adopt a more forward-looking perspective in the formulation of legal measures to control vessel source pollution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-279
Number of pages16
JournalOcean Development and International Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


  • Hong Kong
  • Internationalmaritime organization
  • United Nations convention on the law of the sea
  • Vessel source pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law


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