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1 Mar, 2018

Amendments to MARPOL Annex V

Are you aware about the amendments to MARPOL Annex V (Garbage) that enter into force on the March 1, 2018?


The amendments concerns substances that are harmful to the marine environment and also the form of Garbage Record Book. These were adopted by resolution MEPC.277(70) in October 2016.

The Garbage Record Book

New form of Garbage Record Book consist of two parts;

  • Part I remains similar to the present form with a new category of waste, ‘E-waste’, added.
  • Part II will include records for Cargo residues only (HME and Non-HME).

The Declaration of Cargo Residues 

Solid bulk cargo residues are divided into two categories;

  • ‘Harmful to the Marine Environment’ (HME)
  • ‘Non-Harmful to the Marine Environment’ (non-HME)

What needs to be done? 

 Vessels are required to implement the followings by March 1, 2018:

  • Garbage Record Book with the new format should be provided on board.
  • Garbage Management Plan and Placards should be revised in accordance with the new amendments.


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