MARPOL ANNEX III Overview

MARPOL ANNEX III Overview

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ANNEX III

REGULATIONS FOR THE PREVENTION OF POLLUTION

BY HARMFUL SUBSTANCES

CARRIED BY SEA IN PACKAGED FORM

 

APPLICATION (Reg. 1)

 

  • It applies to all ships carrying harmful substances in packaged form, including empty packagings which have been previously used for the carriage of such substances.
  • It does not apply to ship’s stores and equipment.
  • Harmful substances are identified as marine pollutants in the IMDG Code and also in accordance with the guidelines given in the Appendix.
  • “Packaged form” is a type of containment specified in the IMDG Code.
  • Each State shall issue detailed requirements for packing, marking, labelling, documentation, stowage, limitations of quantity and exceptions.

 

PACKING (Reg. 2)

 

Packages shall be adequate to minimise the hazard to the marine environment.

 

MARKING AND LABELLING (Reg. 3)

 

  • Packages shall be marked and labelled with the following :
  • Correct technical name of the substance.
  • An indication that it is a marine pollutant.
  • United Nations number.

 

  • Markings and labels shall be identifiable on packages which survive at least 3 months immersion in sea.
  • Packages containing small quantities of such substances may be exempted from the above requirements as stated in the IMDG Code.

 

DOCUMENTS (Reg. 4)

 

  • All documents shall use the correct technical name of the substance alongwith the words “Marine Pollutant”.
  • Shipper’s document shall include a certificate stating that the shipment offered is properly packaged, marked and labelled/placard as appropriate, and in proper condition for carriage.
  • The ship shall prepare a special list, manifest or detailed stowage plan stating the location of the harmful substances on board. A copy of this document shall be retained by the owner till the substances are unloaded, and another copy shall be given to the Port State authority before departure. This shall be done even at intermediate ports where partial loading or unloading of such substances is carried out.  (Interpretation 1)
  • The above document may be combined with the document for dangerous goods required by the SOLAS convention. If this is done then a clear distinction shall be made between the dangerous goods and harmful substances.

 

STOWAGE (Reg. 5)

 

These substances shall be properly stowed and secured to minimise the hazard to the environment without impairing safety of the ship and persons.

 

QUANTITY LIMITATIONS (Reg. 6)

 

Certain substances may be prohibited, or the quantity may be limited, for carriage on board any ship, depending on the following considerations:

  • Scientific and technical data.
  • Size, construction and equipment of the ship.
  • Packaging and inherent nature of the substances.

 

DISCHARGE OVERBOARD (Reg. 7)

 

  • Jettisoning of such substances is prohibited except for safety of the ship or saving life. 
  • Washing of leakages overboard shall be regulated, without impairing the safety of the ship and persons, depending on the physical, chemical and biological properties of the substances.

 

PORT STATE CONTROL (Reg. 8)

 

  • Ship is subject to Port State inspection if there are clear grounds for believing that the Master or crew are not familiar with essential shipboard procedures relating to pollution prevention.
  • In such a case the ship shall not sail until it complies with requirements of this Annex.
  • Port State control procedures prescribed in Article 5 of this Convention and Res. A.787(19) as amended by A.882(21) shall apply.  

 

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