UK Implements New Anti-Fouling Shipping Regulation To Strengthen Marine Environment Protections


  • The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) introduces updated regulations to prohibit the use of cybutryne in marine paints, aiming to curb its harmful effects on marine ecosystems.
  • Effective May 10, 2024, these regulations apply to all UK-flagged ships and vessels in UK-controlled waters, aligning with global efforts to safeguard marine environments.

The UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) takes proactive steps to implement updated regulations targeting harmful anti-fouling systems used in marine paints. The regulations, set to commence on May 10, 2024, ban the use of cybutryne due to its detrimental impact on marine flora and fauna.

Global Environmental Protection

This regulatory action aligns with international efforts to safeguard marine ecosystems from harmful pollutants. By prohibiting the use of cybutryne in marine paints, the UK underscores its commitment to environmental conservation and supports broader initiatives to mitigate marine pollution worldwide.

Scope and Application

The regulations apply not only to UK-flagged ships but also to vessels flagged to other countries when operating in UK or controlled waters. This broad scope ensures comprehensive protection of UK marine environments and contributes to the global response to combatting marine pollution.

MCA’s Environmental Stewardship

Virginia McVea, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, emphasizes the importance of these regulations in safeguarding marine ecosystems. By banning cybutryne in marine paints, the MCA demonstrates its commitment to environmental stewardship and underscores the UK’s role in leading sustainable maritime practices.

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Source: Gov UK