ELECTRONIC RECORD BOOKS UNDER MARPOL
IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) announced on May 2019 that, on or after 1st October 2020, approval for the use of electronic record books will be needed.
MARPOL Convention requires that ships are to be provided with several record books for the purpose of management of pollution prevention, such as oil record book specified in MARPOL Annex I.
Today electrification of record books spreads for ease of access, and it was proposed to develop standards for implementation and use of electronic record books.
During MEPC 74 ''Guidelines for the use of electronic record books under MARPOL'', amendments to MARPOL and NOx Technical Code to make reference to the Guidelines were adopted.
The conclusion was that, on or after 1 October 2020, approval for the use of electronic record books will be needed.