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Class News 05/2018

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Statutory alert: Amendments to MARPOL Annex V – Garbage Requirements.

05 March 2018

Applicability: Shipowners, operators and managers

Further to Class News 2016/21, the IMO has adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex V, published as Resolution MEPC.277(70), and also published ‘2017 Guidelines for the implementation of MARPOL Annex V’ as Resolution MEPC.295(71).

The primary changes are related to a new definition of ‘E-waste’ and also new requirements for cargo residues, including cargo hold washing water. The format of the garbage record book was revised to include the new garbage category for E-waste.

Advice to shipowners and ship managers
Shipowners and managers are to ensure that the shipboard garbage record book is revised to meet the new format by 1 March 2018. Please note that there is now Part I for general garbage other than cargo residues and Part II for all cargo residues, as defined in MARPOL Annex V Regulation 1.2.

In addition, there is a requirement for the cargo declaration made by shippers to classify solid bulk cargoes (in accordance with the criteria set in a new Appendix I) as harmful to the marine environment (HME) or non-HME (regulations 4 and 6) of MARPOL Annex V. The format of this cargo declaration to be used by ships engaged in international voyages can be found in section 4.2.3 of the IMSBC Code. For ships not engaged in international voyages, each Flag Administration may determine the means of declaration to be used.

Shipowners should take this opportunity to review their shipboard procedure on handling HME cargoes, including cargo hold washing water.

Lloyd’s Register has updated the Garbage Management Plan template, FAQs and LR Guidance to Owners/Managers, all of which are available here in our MARPOL resources section. 

For further information

Please contact marpol@r.org

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