We refer to our newsletter dated 17 January 2018. The Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) released the Understanding and Application on Provisions of the Supreme People's Court on Several Issues Concerning the Trial of Cases involving Disputes over Compensation for Damage to Marine Natural Resources and Ecological Environment (“Understanding and Application”) on April 21st, 2018.
The Understanding and Application provides for the background and legal basis for set forth the regulations contained in the Provisions. It further introduces into the structure and main points of the Provisions: the first key point is that it makes clear the nature of claim for marine natural resources and ecological damage and the subject of claim; the second key point is that the Provisions stipulates some special rules of claims of marine natural resources and ecological damage.
China pays more attention to the marine environment, and thus Shipowners, ship management companies and operators shall be aware of this.