Revised MARPOL Annex V: an update

At the 65th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), held on 13–17 May 2013, one of the items on the agenda was the revised MARPOL Annex V, which came into force on 1 January this year.

Since the new Annex V came into force, a number of concerns have been raised by the shipping and trade community, both in relation to the classification of cargoes as ‘HME’ (harmful to the marine environment) or ‘non-HME’, and in respect of the inadequacy of the existing port reception facilities for disposal of HME garbage (which is not permitted to be disposed of at sea)…

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