The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it has developed CG-CVC Policy letter 13-01 entitled “Interim Guidance for Revised MARPOL Annex V Implementation”. On July 15, 2011, the IMO adopted Res. MEPC.201(62) amending MARPOL Annex V (garbage) by establishing a general prohibition on discharges of garbage into the sea. The amendments entered into for on 1 January 2013. The Policy Letter provides interim guidance to assist US-flag vessels (and foreign-flag vessels in US waters) regarding compliance until US regulations are updated. 78 Fed. Reg. 13073 (February 26, 2013). Note: This development was the topic of my article “The garbage revolution” published in the March 2012 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News.

USCG – MARPOL Annex V amendments

The US Coast Guard issued an interim rule implementing recent amendments to MARPOL Annex V. Under these amendments, discharge of garbage from ships into the water is prohibited unless expressly allowed. Only certain food wastes, cargo residues, cleaning agents and additives in wash waters, and animal carcasses may be discharged. The interim rules come into effect on 1 April. Comments on the interim rules should be submitted by 29 May. 78 Fed. Reg. 13481 (February 28, 2013).

Courtesy of Bryant’s Maritime Consulting