MARPOL Annex V Amendment: Extension Of Garbage Record Book Requirements

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  • New amendments to MARPOL Annex V, effective from May 1, 2024, expand the requirement for ships to maintain a Garbage Record Book.
  • Previously applicable to ships of 400 gross tonnage and above, the amendment now includes ships of 100 gross tonnage and above.
  • The changes aim to enhance garbage management and record-keeping practices, aligning with IMO Resolution MEPC.360(79) adopted on December 16, 2022.

The amendments to MARPOL Annex V, introduced through IMO Resolution MEPC.360(79), modify Regulation 10 of the Annex concerning garbage management plans and record-keeping obligations for ships. Specifically, the amendments expand the requirement for ships to maintain a Garbage Record Book to include vessels of 100 gross tonnage and above.

Regulation 10.3 Amendment

Ships of 100 gross tonnage and above, as well as those certified to carry 15 or more persons engaged in voyages to ports or offshore terminals under another Party’s jurisdiction, must be provided with a Garbage Record Book. The Garbage Record Book can be part of the ship’s official logbook or an approved electronic record book, as per Guidelines developed by the Organization. The format of the Garbage Record Book is specified in Appendix II to MARPOL Annex V.

Amendment to Regulation 10.3.6

For ships of less than 100 gross tonnage, any discharge or accidental loss of garbage must be recorded in the ship’s official logbook.

Additional Requirements for Arctic Waters

Resolution MEPC.360(79) introduces new requirements regarding garbage reception facilities for ports located within Arctic waters, aiming to address environmental concerns in this sensitive region.

Implications for Shipowners and Operators

Shipowners and operators must ensure compliance with the amended regulations by implementing the requirement to provide a Garbage Record Book onboard affected ships. This entails updating existing Garbage Management Plans and ensuring crew members are familiar with the revised requirements.

Guidance for Compliance

Lloyd’s Register has provided updated resources, including Garbage Management Plan templates, FAQs, and guidance documents, to assist shipowners and operators in complying with the amended regulations. These resources can be accessed in the provided link.

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Source: LR