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Bulk Cargo Hold Wash Water Discharge and Cargo Declarations under MARPOL Annex V

ITOPF paper As of 1st January 2013, amendments to MARPOL Annex V mean that shippers have new responsibilities regarding cargo classification and how it affects the ability of the crew to discharge hold wash water into the marine environment. From this date shippers will need to consider whether or not the cargo residues present in the water are harmful to the marine environment (HME).ITOPF paper on Bulk Cargo Hold Wash Water Discharge and Cargo Declarations under MARPOL Annex V sets out the requirements as well as the concept and process of classification of cargoes as HME.The discharge of wash water and any non-recoverable cargo residues contained therein is primarily controlled through MARPOL Annex V, where it is classed as garbage and therefore subject to the controls specified within Regulations 4.1.3 and 6.1.2. of the recent amendments to MARPOL. In essence the discharge of cargo residues contained in wash water is governed by the following criteria:No discharge of cargo residues should occur less than 12 nautical miles from the nearest land, or the nearest ice shelf.No discharge of cargo residues should occur within the six MARPOL defined "Special Areas" (the Mediterranean, the ''Gulfs'' area, the wider Caribbean including the Gulf of ...

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MARPOL Annex V amendments re bulk cargo wash water discharge at sea

ITOPF provides document with requirements for cargo classification as HME The discharge of non-recoverable cargo or cleaning agents contained in hold wash water is defined as "garbage" within Annex V (entered into force 31st December 1988) of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Any discharge of "garbage" at sea is regulated through thisConvention, with discharge being more heavily restricted in six defined special areas (the Mediterranean, the "Gulfs" area, the Wider Caribbean, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Antarctic). Each of these special areas has a need for more stringent controls brought about by greater sensitivity to pollution. Two further areas (the Black Sea and the Red Sea) have been proposed but are not yet in force.The 2012 amendment to MARPOL Annex V requires that as of the 1st January 2013 all shippers of bulk cargoes provisionally classify their cargoes as harmful to the marine environment (HME) or not. The classification of a cargo as HME is primarily influenced by the toxicity of the cargo itself to marine life. No cargo classified as HME may be discharged at sea, and should therefore be disposed of at a suitableReceptionFacility ...

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How to comply with MARPOL Annex V

UK P&I Club to publish booklet re new amendments Following the changes to MARPOL Annex V at the beginning of the year, the UK P&I Club has provided guidance on how to fully comply with the new amendments."How to Comply With MARPOL Annex V - New amendments governing cargo classification and the discharge of cargo hold wash water" is a new publication produced by the Club, in partnership with ITOPF, which is aimed at helping Shippers, Charterers, Owners and Crews fully understand and comply with the MARPOL Annex V changes.As a result of the amendments shippers have new responsibilities regarding cargo classification and how it affects the ability to of the crew to discharge hold wash water into the marine environment. Shippers will also need to consider whether or not the cargo residues present in the water are 'harmful to the marine environment' (HME). This booklet sets out the requirements, as well as the concept and process of classification of cargoes as HME.In addition to the booklet, the Club has produced a poster which outlines crew responsibilities in relation to these changes. The booklet is available electronically here.Source: UK P&I Club

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