What is MARPOL?
Picture from maritimeintel.comThe International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes.
The MARPOL Convention was adopted on 2 November 1973 at IMO. The Protocol of 1978 was adopted in response to a spate of tanker accidents in 1976-1977. As the 1973 MARPOL Convention had not yet entered into force, the 1978 MARPOL Protocol absorbed the parent Convention. The combined instrument entered into force on 2 October 1983. In 1997, a Protocol was adopted to amend the Convention and a new Annex VI was added which entered into force on 19 May 2005. MARPOL has been updated by amendments through the years.
The Convention includes regulations aimed at preventing and minimizing pollution from ships - both accidental pollution and that from routine operations - and currently includes six technical Annexes. Special Areas with strict controls on operational discharges are included in most Annexes.

MARPOL & the ICDA (documents available for ICDA Members only)

This complete MARPOL Annex V update guidance document includes the Human Health Assessment validated by our HSE experts.

OECD29-guidanceOECD29 Guidancepdf
ECTX-FR-X01-171ICDA's MARPOL Full Studies - Tdp 24h - OECD29
FR-X01-171pdf - FR-X01-172pdf   FR-X01-173pdf - FR-X01-174pdf   FR-X01-175pdf - FR-X01-176pdf   FR-X01-177pdf - FR-X01-178pdf
MARPOL-Discharge-provisionMARPOL Discharge Provisionpdf

annex-24IMO MARPOL MEPC 63/23/Add.1 - Annex24pdf

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