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Amendments to MARPOL Annex V, concerning Garbage Requirements 07.04.2018 13:19

At the seventy session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) held on October 2016, amendments to MARPOL V was adopted and amended MARPOL V adopted by MEPC.277(70) will enter into force on 1 March 2018. And, also, "2017 Guidelines for the implementation of MARPOL Annex V", was amended by MEPC.295(71).


Amendments to the Form of Garbage Record Book.

Garbage is to be grouped into categories for the purposes of recording  in Parts I and II of the Garbage Record Book (or ship's official log-book) as follows:

Part I

A       Plastics

B       Food wastes

C      Domestic wastes

D      Cooking oil

E       Incinerator ashes

F       Operational wastes

G      Animal carcasses

H      Fishing gear

I        E-waste

Part I

Part II


J          Cargo residues (non-HME)

K         Cargo residues (HME)"

Part II


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.

Shipowners have to review and update the shipboard garbage management documents.

Our company IBICON suggest You services for reviewing and updating the following:

  • Garbage Management Plan (GMP);

  • Garbage Record Book (GMB);

  • Placards, posters.


In this context, MEPC 73 agreed that Administrations should encourage ships flying their flag to develop implementation plans, outlining how the ship may prepare in order to comply with the required sulphur content limit of 0.50% by 1 January 2020.

Contained within Section 5.4.2 of Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG4) is a description of the Line Management Plan (LMP).
31 December 2018 is coming into general application the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR 1257/2013).
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has introduced new Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG4) for the safe mooring of tankers and gas carriers at terminals.
OCIMF (OCIMF - Oil Companies International Marine Forum) has issued the Guidelines to Harden Vessels, including recommendation for development of the Vessel Hardening Plan (VHP).
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