MARPOL Annex V
Garbage Management Plan
The revised MARPOL Annex V, which entered into force on 1 January 2013, prohibits the discharge of all types of garbage into the sea unless explicitly permitted under the Annex.
Annex V reverses the historical presumption that garbage may be discharged into the sea based on the nature of the garbage and defined distances from shore. Regulation 7 provides limited exceptions to these regulations in emergency and non-routine situations. Generally, discharge is restricted to food wastes, identified cargo residues, animal carcasses, identified cleaning agents and additives, and cargo residues entrained in washwater which are not harmful to the marine environment. It is recommended that ships use port reception facilities as the primary means of discharge for all garbage.
Garbage Management Plan shall contain:
Garbage management procedures;
Management procedures of cargo residues of solid bulk cargoes;
Training, education and information.
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