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New MARPOL Convention requirements on waste management and collection of ship fuel oil consumption data

1. On March 1, 2018 amendments to Annex V of MARPOL Convention introduced by Resolution MEPC.277(70) and MEPC.295(71) enter into force.

Ships are required to implement the changes associated with the handling procedures, management and record keeping of garbage onboard. These includes:

a) For every ship of 100 gross tonnage and above, and every ship, a motor boat or a sea-going yacht certified to carry 15 or more persons, and fixed and floating platforms:

  • updated in accordance with the amendments Garbage Management Plan (hereinafter referred to as the Plan),
  • warning and information placards prepared in accordance with the actual sample, located in the places specified in the Plan,
  • providing marked receptacles for a new category of wastes, located in the places specified in the Plan:

- category I-E- waste - covered by Part I of the Garbage Record Book,

- category J - Cargo residues (non-HME) - covered by Part II of the Garbage Record Book,

- category K - Cargo residues (HME) - covered by Part II of the Garbage Record Book.

b) For every ship of 400 gross tonnage and above, and every ship, a motor boat or a sea-going yacht certified to carry 15 or more persons, and fixed and floating platforms:

  • updated in accordance with the amendments Garbage Record Book, Part I (hereinafter referred to as the Book),
  • the need to collect receipts obtained from reception facilities which shall be kept along with Book.

Additionally for ships carrying solid bulk cargoes:

  • updated in accordance with the amendments Garbage Record Book, Part II,
  • the need of presence on board the ship of declaration, provided by the shipper, of classification of transported solid bulk cargoes as harmless (non-HME) or harmful (HME) for the marine environment, which should be included in cargo information according to IMSBC Code.

Updates / amendments to the Plan should be made legibly and can be made in the content of the existing Plan and / or in the form of an attachment to the existing Plan.

Implementation of amendments introduced by Resolution MEPC.277(70) and MEPC.295(71) will be verified during the next ship survey carried on March 1, 2018 or after this date.

The Garbage Record Book, in the form of updated template, can be purchased in the PRS via the Internet: wydawnictwa@prs.pl, contact telephone number + 48 58 75 11 150.

 

2. On March 1, 2018 amendments to Annex VI of MARPOL Convention introduced by Resolution MEPC.278 (70) enter into force.

Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI introduce a mandatory requirement to collect data on oil fuel consumption on ships. These will enter into force on 1 March 2018, with the first reporting period on the calendar year 2019.

Starting from calendar year 2019, each ship of 5,000 gross tonnage and above, which is a subject to air emission controls according to MARPOL Annex VI, shall collect the data specified in Appendix IX to MARPOL Annex VI, for that and each subsequent calendar year or part thereof when appropriate, with accordance with the methodology included in the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), Part II.

In the case of a ship of 5,000 gross tonnage and above, on or before 31 December 2018, the SEEMP Part II ‘Ship Fuel Oil Consumption Data Collection Plan’ shall include a description of the methodology that will be used to collect the data required by regulation 22A.1 of MARPOL Annex VI and the processes that will be used to report the data to the ship's Administration or PRS, duly authorized by it.

Part II of SEEMP is to be prepared according to format developed in resolution MEPC.282(70) ‘2016 Guidelines for the development of a ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP)’ and is to be submitted to PRS to verification for compliance with the above mentioned IMO Guidelines, no later than by September 1, 2018.

After positive verification of the reported data, either the appropriate for the ship Flag Administration or PRS authorized by the administration, will issue a Statement of Compliance related to ship fuel oil consumption.

Flag Administrations will submit aggregated data to the IMO, which maintains an anonymous IMO Ship fuel oil consumption database, and publishes reports annually. 

Ships flying the flag of a non-Party State to MARPOL Annex VI, are also obliged to demonstrate compliance with these requirements.

All information in this regard is provided by the PRS Machinery and Equipment Department (e-mail: tm@prs.pl), where orders may be also submitted.