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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Revised MARPOL Annex V Garbage Regulation Implementation

The USCG has published an Interim Rule which implements the revised MARPOL Annex V garbage regulation. All vessels calling in US waters are expected to be fully compliant with the amended Annex V regulations, and USCG Port State Control will be carrying out inspections to verify compliance.
The differences between existing US regulations and the amended MARPOL Annex V are as follows. While the applicabilityhas not changed, there are notable changes in the general reporting format of the garbage record book to account for the increased restrictions on the discharge of garbage into the sea. The garbage record book, whether as part of the ship's official logbook or otherwise, should be in the form specified in Resolution MEPC.201(62).
Moreover, requirements for domestic oceangoing ships have not changed. However, the applicability for non-US flagged ships that engage in international voyages has been reduced from 400 gross tonnage and above to 100 gross tonnage and above. Garbage management plans should reflect collecting, on board storage, and final disposition of garbage per the revised requirements.
While the applicability has not changed, placards must be updated to reflect the new garbage discharge requirements. Until US regulations are updated to reflect the new garbage discharge regime and placards are readily available, US flagged ships operating exclusively on domestic voyages may continue to use existing placards. US flagged ships on international voyages and visiting ports of a country that are party to MARPOL Annex V will need to meet the annex's placarding requirements to avoid possible port state control action.

Source: UK P&I Club

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