Comments on the Revision of China’s Maritime Code

Yingying LI


The China Maritime Code entered into force on July 1, 1993. Twenty-five years later, the first and substantial amendment was initiated in 2018. The proposed law adds two new chapters, the Domestic Carriage of Goods by Water and Liability for Compensation of Ship Pollution Damage. In addition, the proposed law has stipulations related to the title of the ship, especially ships under construction, and other issues to be consistent with new international conventions and the development of other related legislation. Every coin has two sides, and both praise and criticism of this amendment exist.


China maritime code; Title of ship; Domestic carriage of goods by water; Ship pollution damage; Actual carrier

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