Navigating MARPOL’s New Garbage Record Keeping Requirements


Starting in May 2024, new global requirements under the MARPOL Convention will come into effect, impacting vessels of 100 Gross Tonnage (GT) and above. These regulations pertain to the maintenance of a garbage record book, a crucial document for tracking onboard waste management practices. Failure to comply with these standards could result in deficiencies or vessel detention by foreign port State control authorities. This announcement underscores the importance of staying informed and prepared for regulatory changes in the maritime industry.

Understanding the Requirements

Vessels over 24 meters in length must keep a record of all garbage discharges and incineration operations. Compliance ensures transparency and accountability, mitigating environmental impact and avoiding penalties.

Implications for Australian Vessels

Australian legislation will align with these global standards, extending requirements to domestic commercial vessels and pleasure craft. Vessel operators must anticipate and prepare for these changes.

Determining Compliance

Operators can ascertain compliance by determining their vessel’s gross tonnage through certification documents or referencing the International Convention on the Tonnage Measurement of Ships 1969.

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Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority