MARPOL Annex V – Extension of Garbage Record Book Requirements

By April 23, 2024 No Comments

Applicable to: shipowners, ship operators, ship managers and ship masters.

On May 1, 2024, new MARPOL Annex V amendments will go into effect, mandating ships with a gross tonnage of 100 or more to have a Garbage Record Book. At present, ships with a gross tonnage of 400 or more must comply with this criteria.

This comes after the adoption on December 16, 2022, of IMO Resolution MEPC.360(79), which has an impact on Regulation 10 of the Annex concerning “placards, garbage management plans, and garbage record-keeping.”

Marpol Annex V has amended the requirement for garbage record books from vessels of 400 gross tonnage to 100 gross tonnage or more.

Regulation 10.3 is now amended as follows: 

“Every ship of 100 gross tonnage and above and every ship which is certified to carry 15 or more persons engaged in voyages to ports or offshore terminals under the jurisdiction of another Party to the Convention and every fixed or floating platform shall be provided with a Garbage Record Book. The Garbage Record Book, whether as a part of the ship’s official logbook, or as an electronic record book which shall be approved by the Administration taking into account the Guidelines developed by the Organization*, or otherwise, shall be in the form specified in Appendix II to this Annex.”

Regulation 10.3.6, regarding any discharge or accidental loss of garbage, is also amended to read: “In the case of any ship of less than 100 gross tonnage, an entry shall be made in the ship’s official logbook…”. 

Resolution MEPC.360(79) has been amended to incorporate additional standards for waste reception facilities at ports in Arctic waters.

It is now the responsibility of shipowners and operators to ensure that the impacted ships appropriately implement the obligation of having a Garbage Record Book.

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