THE International Chamber of Shipping recently published a new edition of its Guidance for the Preparation and Implementation of Garbage Management Plans as Required by MARPOL Annex V.
This second edition is intended to help shipping companies comply with the latest requirements of the IMO regulations regarding treatment and disposal of garbage from ships.
ICS deputy secretary-general Simon Bennett said it was essential to provide updated advice to shipping companies after the entry into force of amendments to MARPOL Annex V in 2017 and 2018.
“While the vast majority of garbage found at sea originates from land, it is no longer acceptable, with very limited exceptions, for any merchant ship to dispose of garbage at sea because of the seriously damaging effects on the marine environment,” he said.
“As well as doing great harm to marine life and threatening biodiversity, dangerous toxins can enter the food chain, ultimately being consumed by humans.”
Some of the latest changes to the global regulation include amendments to make the environment-related provisions of the IMO Polar Code, which are applicable to Annex V, mandatory.
A definition for the new “E-waste” garbage category is also included, along with a new criteria to establish whether or not “cargo residues” are harmful to the marine environment, and a new format of the Garbage Record Book which has been divided into two parts.