Happy New Year With New Marpol Annex V

The purpose of this post is not to inform you about new Marpol V that came in to force 1/1/2013 but to outline major changes of the new Marpol V in order to assist you to make the transition more easily.

Garbage Disposal Regulations At Sea According with MEPC201(62)

The following table illustrates what garbage can be disposed and where:
GARBAGE TYPE OUTSIDE SPECIAL AREAS Regulation 4 (Distances are from the nearest land) ** IN SPECIAL AREAS Regulation 6 (Distances are from nearest land or nearest ice-shelf)
All other garbage (not stated below) including plastics, synthetic ropes, fishing gear, plastic garbage bags, incinerator ashes, clinkers, cooking oil, floating dunnage, lining and packing materials, paper, rags, glass, metal, bottles, crockery and similar refuse Disposal prohibited Disposal prohibited
Cargo residues5, 6 not contained in washwater >=12 miles, en route and as far as practicable Discharge prohibited
Cargo residues5, 6 not contained in wash water >= 12 miles, en route and as far as practicable >= 12 nm, en route and as far as practicable (subject to conditions in regulation 6.1.2)
Cleaning agents and additives6 contained in cargo hold washwater Discharge permitted >= 12 nm, en route and as far as practicable (subject to conditions in regulation 6.1.2)
Cleaning agents and additives6 in deck and external surfaces washwate Discharge permitted
Food waste not comminuted or ground >= 12 miles, en route and as far as practicable Discharge prohibited
* Food waste comminuted or ground >= 3 miles, en route and as far as practicable >= 12 miles, en route and as far as practicable3
Animal Carcasses (should be split or otherwise treated to ensure the carcasses will sink immediately) Must be en route and as far from the nearest land as possible. Should be >100 nm and maximum water depth Discharge prohibited

Foot Notes:
1 When garbage is mixed with or contaminated by other harmful substances prohibited from discharge or having different discharge requirements, the more stringent requirements shall apply.

2 Comminuted or ground food wastes must be able to pass through a screen with mesh no larger than 25 mm.

3 The discharge of introduced avian products in the Antarctic area is not permitted unless incinerated, autoclaved or otherwise treated to be made sterile.

4 Offshore platforms located 12 nm from nearest land and associated ships include all fixed or floating platforms engaged in exploration or exploitation or associated processing of seabed mineral resources, and all ships alongside or within 500 m of such platforms.

5 Cargo residues means only those cargo residues that cannot be recovered using commonly available methods for unloading.

6 These substances must not be harmful to the marine environment.

Comparison of Definitions (Regulation 1)

The following table is a comparison of the definitions between the amended Marpol V and the old one.


OLD Marpol Annex V Revised Marpol Annex V
Garbage means all kinds of victual, domestic and operational waste excluding fresh fish and parts thereof, generated during the normal operation of the ship and liable to be disposed of continuously or periodically except those substances which are defined or listed in other Annexes to the present Convention Garbage means all kinds of food wastes, domestic wastes and operational wastes, all plastics, cargo residues, cooking oil, fishing gear, and animal carcasses generated during the normal operation of the ship and liable to be disposed of continuously or periodically except those substances which are defined or listed in other Annexes to the present Convention. Garbage does not include fresh fish and parts thereof generated as a result of fishing activities undertaken during the voyage, or as a result of aquaculture activities which involve the transport of fish including shellfish for placement in the aquaculture facility and the transport of harvested fish including shellfish from such facilities to shore for processing.
Nearest land. The term "from the nearest land" means from the baseline from which the territorial sea of the territory in question is established in accordance with international law, except that, for the purposes of the present Convention, "from the nearest land" off the north-eastern coast of Australia shall mean from a line drawn from a point on the coast of Australia inlatitude 11°00' S, longitude 142°08' E
to a point in latitude 10°35' S, longitude 141°55' E,
**thence to a point latitude 10°00' S, longitude 142°00' E,
**thence to a point latitude 09°10' S, longitude 143°52' E,
**thence to a point latitude 09°00' S, longitude 144°30' E,
**thence to a point latitude 10°41' S, longitude 145°00' E,
**thence to a point latitude 13°00' S, longitude 145°00' E,
**thence to a point latitude 15°00' S, longitude 146°00' E,
**thence to a point latitude 17°30' S, longitude 147°00' E,
**thence to a point latitude 21°00' S, longitude 152°55' E,
**thence to a point latitude 24°30' S, longitude 154°00' E,
**thence to a point on the coast of Australia in
**latitude 24°42' S, longitude 153°15' E.
Nearest land. The term "from the nearest land" means from the baseline from which the territorial sea of the territory in question is established in accordance with international law, except that, for the purposes of the present Annex, ''from the nearest land'' off the north-eastern coast of Australia shall mean from a line drawn from a point on the coast of Australia in:latitude 11°00΄ S, longitude 142°08΄ E
to a point in latitude 10°35΄ S, longitude 141°55΄ E,
**thence to a point latitude 10°00΄ S, longitude 142°00΄ E,
**thence to a point latitude 09°10΄ S, longitude 143°52΄ E,
**thence to a point latitude 09°00΄ S, longitude 144°30΄ E,
**thence to a point latitude 10°41΄ S, longitude 145°00΄ E,
**thence to a point latitude 13°00΄ S, longitude 145°00΄ E,
**thence to a point latitude 15°00΄ S, longitude 146°00΄ E,
**thence to a point latitude 17°30΄ S, longitude 147°00΄ E,
**thence to a point latitude 21°00΄ S, longitude 152°55΄ E,
**thence to a point latitude 24°30΄ S, longitude 154°00΄ E,
**thence to a point on the coast of Australia in
**latitude 24°42΄ S, longitude 153°15΄ E.
Special area means a sea area where for recognized technical reasons in relation to its oceanographical and ecological condition and to the particular character of its traffic the adoption of special mandatory methods for the prevention of sea pollution by garbage is required. Special areas shall include those listed in regulation 5 of this Annex. Special area means a sea area where for recognized technical reasons in relation to its oceanographic and ecological condition and to the particular character of its traffic the adoption of special mandatory methods for the prevention of sea pollution by garbage is required.
NOT APPLICABLE Animal carcasses means the bodies of any animals that are carried on board as cargo and that die or are euthanized during the voyage
NOT APPLICABLE Cargo residues means the remnants of any cargo which are not covered by other Annexes to the present Convention and which remain on the deck or in holds following loading or unloading, including loading and unloading excess or spillage, whether in wet or dry condition or entrained in wash water but does not include cargo dust remaining on the deck after sweeping or dust on the external surfaces of the ship.
NOT APPLICABLE Cooking oil means any type of edible oil or animal fat used or intended to be used for the preparation or cooking of food, but does not include the food itself that is prepared using these oils.
NOT APPLICABLE Domestic wastes means all types of wastes not covered by other Annexes that are generated in the accommodation spaces on board the ship. Domestic wastes does not include grey water.
NOT APPLICABLE En route means that the ship is underway at sea on a course or courses, including deviation from the shortest direct route, which as far as practicable for navigational purposes, will cause any discharge to be spread over as great an area of the sea as is reasonable and practicable.
NOT APPLICABLE Fishing gear means any physical device or part thereof or combination of items that may be placed on or in the water or on the sea-bed with the intended purpose of capturing, or controlling for subsequent capture or harvesting, marine or fresh water organisms
NOT APPLICABLE Fixed or floating platforms means fixed or floating structures located at sea which are engaged in the exploration, exploitation or associated offshore processing of sea-bed mineral resources
NOT APPLICABLE Food wastes means any spoiled or unspoiled food substances and includes fruits, vegetables, dairy products, poultry, meat products and food scraps generated aboard ship.
NOT APPLICABLE Incinerator ashes means ash and clinkers resulting from shipboard incinerators used for the incineration of garbage
NOT APPLICABLE Operational wastes means all solid wastes (including slurries) not covered by other Annexes that are collected on board during normal maintenance or operations of a ship, or used for cargo stowage and handling. Operational wastes also includes cleaning agents and additives contained in cargo hold and external wash water. Operational wastes does not include grey water, bilge water, or other similar discharges essential to the operation of a ship, taking into account the guidelines developed by the Organization.
NOT APPLICABLE Plastic means a solid material which contains as an essential ingredient one or more high molecular mass polymers and which is formed (shaped) during either manufacture of the polymer or the fabrication into a finished product by heat and/or pressure. Plastics have material properties ranging from hard and brittle to soft and elastic. For the purposes of this annex, "all plastics" means all garbage that consists of or includes plastic in any form, including synthetic ropes, synthetic fishing nets, plastic garbage bags and incinerator ashes from plastic products.