Australian Maritime Safety Authority

MARPOL

Protecting our marine environment

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) is the main international convention for preventing ship-sourced pollution.

The convention

MARPOL includes regulations aimed at preventing both accidental pollution, and pollution from routine operations. Special Areas with strict controls on operational discharges are included in most Annexes.

MARPOL includes six technical Annexes:

  • Annex I: Regulations for the prevention of pollution by oil.
  • Annex II: Regulations for the control of pollution by noxious liquid substances in bulk.
  • Annex III: Regulations for the prevention of pollution by harmful substances carried by sea in packaged form.
  • Annex IV: Regulations for the prevention of pollution by sewage from ships.
  • Annex V: Regulations for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships.
  • Annex VI: Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships.

Further information

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