A News Alert From Shipowners Mutual Website - Garbage Disposal for Ships www.shipownersclub.com06-Mar-2012
Revised garbage discharge
regulations for ships
We would like to advise Members of new requirements to come into effect from 1st January 2013, which will prohibit the discharge of garbage waste into the sea from ships, except in very limited circumstances.
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has developed amendments to Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). These amendments were adopted at the 62nd session of the MEPC in July 2011.
Discharge of garbage
The new regulations will prohibit the discharge of garbage into the sea, except in the following limited circumstances, which will only apply while the ship is en route:
A further notice will be issued in 2012 once the various guidelines mentioned above have been completed and circulated by the IMO.
The major change will be that ships will no longer be able to discharge paper, cardboard, wood, packing materials, dunnage, glass, metal, crockery, incinerator ash or similar refuse at sea at all.
It will not be mandatory to offload waste in every port of call. If appropriate storage is available on board a vessel, it may retain waste on board for bulk disposal at a particular port.
As previously provided, exceptions in the regulations continue for:
Garbage Management Plans
The other major change is that the requirement for ships to have Garbage Management Plans has been extended from every ship of 400 gross tons and above and every ship certified to carry 15 persons or more, to apply to:
Other changes include:
We would like to remind all Members of the importance of notifying and ensuring relevant training is carried out for Masters and operating staff on the above amendments.
Source of information: http://amsa.gov.au/shipping_safety/marine_notices/2012/06-2012.asp
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