It is now an offence for any vessel within Hong Kong waters to emit smoke continuously for three minutes or more which is as dark as, or darker than, Shade 2 on the Ringelmann Chart.
Should a vessel contravene this requirement, the owner, his agent and the vessel’s master will each commit an offence and shall be liable for a fine of HK$ 25,000 on first conviction, and HK$ 50,000 for any subsequent conviction.
In the case of local craft only, the owner, his agent and the coxswain shall each be liable for a fine of HK$ 10,000 on first conviction, and HK$ 25,000 for any subsequent conviction.
Further details of the new legislation, including a copy of the Ringelmann Chart, can be found in Marine Department Notice No. 92 of 2014.