MARPOL Consolidated Edition 2002



 The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, was adopted by the International Conference on Marine Pollution convened by IMO from 8 October to 2 November 1973. Protocols I (Provisions concerning Reports on Incidents involving Harmful Sub- stances) and II (Arbitration) were adopted at the same Conference. This Convention was subsequently modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto, which was adopted by the International Conference on Tanker Safety and Pollution Prevention (TSPP Conference) convened by IMO from 6 to 17 February 1978. The Convention, as modified by the 1978 Protocol, is known as the ‘‘International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto’’, or, in short form, ‘‘MARPOL 73/78’’. Regulations covering the various sources of ship-generated pollution are contained in the five Annexes of the Convention. The Convention has also been modified by the Protocol of 1997, whereby a sixth Annex was adopted, but this Protocol has not yet been accepted by sufficient States for it to enter into force. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), since its inception in 1974, has reviewed various provisions of MARPOL 73/78 that have been found to require clarification or have given rise to difficulties in implementation. In order to resolve such ambiguities and difficulties in a uniform manner, the MEPC agreed that it was desirable to develop unified interpretations. In certain cases, the MEPC recognized that there was a need to amend existing regulations or to introduce new regulations with the aim of reducing even further operational and accidental pollution from ships. These activities by the MEPC have resulted in a number of unified interpretations and amendments to the Convention. The purpose of this publication is to provide an easy reference to the up-to- date provisions and unified interpretations of the articles, protocols and Annexes of MARPOL 73/78, including the incorporation of all of the amendments that have been adopted by the MEPC and have entered into force, up to and including the 2000 amendments (as adopted by resolution MEPC.89(45)). It should be noted, however, that the Secretariat has no intention of changing the authentic texts editorially or otherwise. For legal purposes, the authentic texts of the provisions of MARPOL 73/78 should always be consulted. An exception to the above is the amendments to regulation 13G of Annex I and to the Supplement to the IOPP Certificate (as adopted on 16 May 2001 by resolution MEPC.95(46)). The date for tacit acceptance of these important amendments is 1 March 2002, and if they are accepted on that date they will enter into force on 1 September 2002. As of the date of
publication of this edition, the criteria for entry into force of these amendments have not been met. It was felt, however, that the amendments might enter into force before the next revision of the present consolidated edition of MARPOL 73/78. Therefore, the text of resolution MEPC.95(46) is reproduced as item 7 of the Additional Information section. An associated text (the Condition Assessment Scheme) that was adopted by resolution MEPC.94(46) is item 8 of the same section. In addition to incorporating the applicable amendments into the texts of Protocol I and Annexes I to V to MARPOL 73/78, the Secretariat has updated the 1997 Consolidated Edition by adding the text of the Protocol of 1997 and of Annex VI. A unified interpretation for hydrostatic balance loading, relating to regulation 13G of Annex I, as approved by the MEPC, has also been added to the appendices to the unified interpretations of Annex I. Resolution MEPC.88(44), relating to the adoption of a revised Annex IV, and the text of the revised Annex are included as items 5 and 6 of the Additional Information section. For consistency in providing information, guidelines which are not made mandatory by the applicable Annex, and which are contained in another IMO publication, are omitted from the 2002 Consolidated Edition.

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