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Table of MARPOL amendments

Amendment table for MARPOL, including date of entry into force.

Regulations and reporting

Amendment

Date of entry into force

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2017 (Annex VI) amendments (MEPC.286(71)) (Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI (Designation of the Baltic Sea and the North Sea Emission Control Areas for NOX Tier III control and Information to be included in the bunker delivery note) 1 January 2019

Baltic and North Sea NOX Emission Control Area:

  • The amendments to regulation 13 of MARPOL Annex VI give effect to the Baltic and North Sea NOX Emission Control Area
  • The amendments also introduce a new exemption paragraph to allow ships that do not comply with the Tier III requirements to be built, converted, repaired and/or maintained at shipyards in the North Sea area.

Bunker Delivery Note:

  • Amendments to appendix V of MARPOL Annex VI change the bunker delivery note to reflect that a ship may be using high sulphur fuel because they have in place an alternative method to manage their sulphur emissions (eg a scrubber).

2016 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.276(70)) (Amendments to Form B of the Supplement to the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate)

1 March 2018

Amendments to make completion of Form B of the Supplement to the International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate, with respect to segregated ballast tanks (SBT) and protective location (PL) arrangements on double hull tankers, and dedicated clean ballast tanks (CBTs), consistent and easier for recognised organisations (ROs) to complete.

2016 (Annex V) amendments (MEPC.277(70)) (Amendments to HME substances and Form of Garbage Record Book)

1 March 2018

Amendments to:

  • align the terminology of the recording requirements of MARPOL Annex V with the form of the Garbage Record Book to ensure consistent and complete recording in the record book;
  • provide a new Record of Garbage Discharges to facilitate consistent recording, including a new Part II to record cargo residues; and mandate the classification and declaration of cargo as harmful to the marine environment (HME) or not.

2016 (Annex VI) amendments (MEPC.278(70)) (Amendments to implement a data collection system for fuel oil consumption of ships)

1 March 2018

Amendments to require the mandatory collection of fuel oil consumption and transport work data from international ships which are 5,000 GT and over.

2016 (Annex IV) amendments (MEPC.274(69)) (Amendments to regulation 1 and 11 and the Form of the International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate)

1 September 2017

Amendments to establish effective dates for the Baltic Sea Special Area and consequential changes and editorial improvements to the form of the International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate.

2016 (Annex VI) amendments (MEPC.271(69)) (Amendments to regulation 13 – Record requirements for operational compliance with NOx Tier III Emission Control Areas)

1 September 2017

Amendments to require certain ships to maintain records of the operational status of their marine diesel engines, together with the date, time and position of the ship when operating in NOx Emission Control Areas (NECAs). These amendments ensure authorities are able verify whether a ship’s engines have been operated in compliance with NECA requirements.

2016 (Annex II) amendments (MEPC.270(69)) (Revised GESAMP Hazard Evaluation Procedure)

1 September 2017

Consequential amendments to appendix I to MARPOL Annex II (Guidelines for the categorization of noxious liquid substances) related to the revised GESAMP Hazard Evaluation Procedure for Chemical Substances Carried by Ships. 

2015 (Annexes I, II, IV and V) amendments (MEPC.265(68)) (Amendments to MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV and V to make the use of the environment-related provisions of the Polar Code mandatory)

1 January 2017

Amendments to make the environment-related provisions of the polar code mandatory.

2015 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.266(68)) (Regulation 12- Tanks for oil residue (sludge))

1 January 2017

Amendments related to discharge connections and piping to and from oil residue (sludge) tanks to minimise the possibility of oil residues being discharged at sea. The amendments formalise existing unified interpretations (UIs) to ensure that MARPOL is implemented uniformly and provides additional clarification on the means of disposal by giving examples of types of disposal systems.

2014 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.256(67)) (Regulation 43- Special requirements for the use or carriage of oils in the Antarctic area)

1 March 2016

Amendments to provisions relating to special requirements for the use or carriage of oils in the Antarctic area to clarify that oils cannot be carried as ballast, in addition to prohibition as carriage in bulk or carriage and use as fuel.

2014 (Annex III) amendments (MEPC.257(67)) (Amendment to the appendix on criteria for the identification of harmful substances in packaged form)

1 March 2016

Amendment to the appendix to Annex III to exclude radioactive materials from the scope of the criteria for the identification of harmful substances in package form.

2014 (Annex VI) amendments (MEPC.258(67)) (Amendments to regulations 2 and 13 and the Supplement to the IAPP Certificate)

1 March 2016

Amendments that extend the application of MARPOL Annex VI to gas fuelled ships, by means of amendments to the definitions of fuel oil and marine diesel engine to include gas fuel and gas fuelled engines; clarify the documentation of engines’ compliance with NOx emission standards within Regulation 13.7.3 and the Supplement to the IAPP Certificate; clarify recording requirements for the length of ships used solely for recreational purposes in a footnote; recognise the updated (MEPC.244(66)) in the IAPP Certificate.

2014 (Annexes I, II, III, IV and V) amendments (MEPC.246(66)) (Amendments to MARPOL Annexes I, II, III, IV and V to make the use of the III Code mandatory)

1 January 2016

Amendments to Annexes I, II, III, IV and V to make use of the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code) mandatory.

2014 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.248(66)) (Mandatory carriage requirements for a stability instrument)

1 January 2016

Mandatory requirements for oil tankers to be fitted with a stability instrument.

2014 (Annex VI) amendments (MEPC.247(66)) (to make the use of the III Code mandatory)

1 January 2016

Amendments to Annex VI to make use of the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code) mandatory.

2014 (Annex VI) amendments (MEPC.251(66)) (Amendments to regulations 2, 13, 19, 20 and the Supplement to the IAPP Certificate and certification of dual-fuel engines under the NOx Technical Code 2008)

1 March 2015

Various amendments relating to the application of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) to a wider range of ship types and certification of dual-fuel engines.

2013 (Annexes I and II) amendments – (MEPC.238(65)) (Amendments to MARPOL Annexes I and II to make the RO code mandatory)

1 January 2015

Amendments to make the Code for Recognized Organizations (RO Code) mandatory.

2013 (Annex I) amendments – (MEPC.235(65)) (Amendments to form A and form B of supplements to the IOPP certificate under MARPOL Annex I)

1 October 2014

Amendments relating to disposal of oil residues (sludge) in incinerators.

2012 (Annex II) amendments – (MEPC.225(64)) (Amendments to chapters 17, 18 and 19 of the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code)

1 June 2014

Amendments to replace Chapter 17 (Summary of minimum requirements); Chapter 18 (List of products to which the Code does not apply); and Chapter 19 (Index of Products Carried in Bulk) of the IBC Code.

2010 (Annex III) amendments – (MEPC.193(61)) (revised Annex III)

1 January 2014

Revisions to various regulations to make reference to relevant provisions in the IMDG Code and expansion of the criteria for the identification of harmful substances in package form in the appendix to Annex III.

2012 (Annexes I, II, IV and V) amendments – (MEPC.216(63)) (Regional Arrangements for Port Reception Facilities under MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV and V)

1 August 2013

Amendments relating to regional arrangements for port reception facilities under Annexes I, II, IV and V.

2012 (Annex VI) amendments (MEPC.217(63)) (Regional Arrangements for port Reception Facilities under MARPOL Annex VI and Certification of Marine Diesel Engines fitted with selective catalytic reduction systems under the NOx Technical Code 2008)

1 August 2013

Amendments relating to regional arrangements for port reception facilities under Annex VI and certification of marine diesel engines under the NOx Technical Code.

2011 (Annex IV) amendments (MEPC.200(62)) (Special Area Provisions and the Designation of the Baltic Sea as a Special Area under MARPOL Annex IV)

1 January 2013

Addition of a new special area under Annex IV and discharge provisions for ships operating in Annex IV Special Areas. Amendments to the form of International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate.

2011 (Annex V) amendments (MEPC.201(62)) (Revised MARPOL Annex V)

1 January 2013

Completely revised to prohibit the discharge of almost all types of garbage into the sea, with very limited exceptions.

2011 (Annex VI) amendments (MEPC.202(62)) (Designation of the Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area)

1 January 2013

Addition of a new emission control area.

2011 (Annex VI) amendments (MEPC.203(62)) (Inclusion of Regulations on Energy Efficiency for Ships)

1 January 2013

Addition of a new Chapter 4 to Annex VI to regulate energy efficiency for ships.

2010 (Annex VI) amendments (MEPC.194(61)) (Revised form of Supplement to the IAPP Certificate)

1 February 2012

Revised form of the Supplement to the IAPP Certificate.

2010 (Annex I) amendments – (MEPC.189(60)) (amendments to Annex I)

1 August 2011

Addition of a new chapter 9 on special requirements for the use or carriage of oils in the Antarctic area.

2010 (Annex VI) amendments – (MEPC.190(60)) (North American Emission Control Area)

1 August 2011

Addition of a new emission control area.

2009 (Annex I) amendments – (MEPC.186(59)) (Addition of a new chapter 8 to MARPOL Annex I and consequential amendments to the Supplement to the IOPP Certificate, Form B)

1 January 2011

Addition of a new chapter 8 on prevention of pollution during transfer of oil cargo between oil tankers at sea.

2009 (Annex I) amendments – (MEPC.187(59)) (amendments to Annex I, Supplement to the IOPP Certificate and Oil Record Book Parts I and II)

1 January 2011

Addition of new definitions and amendments to regulations relating to oil residues (sludge) and oily bilge water. Consequential amendments to the IOPP Certificate and Oil Record Book.

2008 (Annex VI) amendments – (MEPC.176(58)) (revised Annex VI)

1 July 2010

Completely revised to establish more stringent regulations to further reduce air emissions from ships. Various amendments made including, requirements for ozone depleting substances record books and VOC management plans; addition of NOx Tier II and Tier III performance standards and NOx emission control areas; provisions related to sulphur content of fuel oil to progressively reduce SOx emissions; provisions to ensure fuel oil quality and availability and reception facilities.

2006 (Annex III) amendments – (MEPC.156(55)) (revised Annex III)

1 January 2010

Addition of a requirement to revise on board documentation at any stop over where loading or unloading operations occurs. Inclusion of criteria for the identification of harmful substances in packages form at the Appendix to Annex III.

2007 (Annexes I and IV amendments) - (MEPC.164(56)) (reception facilities outside Special Areas and discharge of sewage)

1 December 2008

Extension of requirement to provide reception facilities outside special areas to include facilities for oil residues from cargo area of tankers. Clarification of rate of discharge from holding tanks or spaces containing living animals.

2006 (Annex I) amendments – (MEPC.154(55)) (designation of the Southern South Africa sea area as a Special Area)

1 March 2008

Addition of a new special area under Annex I.

2006 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.141(54)) (addition of new 12A and consequential amendments)

1 August 2007

Addition of new regulation 12A relating to protective location of fuel tanks.

2006 (Annex IV) amendments (MEPC.143(54)) (addition of new regulation 13)

1 August 2007

Addition of a new regulation 13 in Annex IV relating to port state control on operational requirements, ie ability to detain a ship if crew is not familiar with essential shipboard functions.

2004 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.117(52)) (revised Annex I)

1 January 2007

Restructure of chapters to separate the construction and equipment provisions from the operational requirements and make clear the distinctions between the requirements for new ships and those for existing ships. Completely revised to incorporate various amendments adopted since MARPOL entered into force in 1983, including amended regulations on the phasing in of double hull requirements for oil tankers and the carriage of heavy grade oil. Addition of new requirements for pump-room bottom protection and accidental oil outflow performance.

2004 (Annex II) amendments (MEPC.118(52)) (revised Annex II)

1 January 2007

Inclusion of new categories for the classification of noxious liquid substances (categories X, Y, Z and other substances). Revisions to reduce the maximum permitted residue volume after discharge for products in categories X, Y and Z and to require vegetable oils to be carried in chemical tankers. 

2005 (Annex VI) amendments (MEPC.132(53)) (Amendments to Annex VI and to the NOx Technical Code)

22 November 2006

Amendments related to survey and certification and addition of a new emission control area.

2004 (Annex IV) amendments (MEPC.115(51)) (revised Annex IV)

1 August 2005

Various provisions to facilitate entry into force of the Annex including amendments to the application provisions; inclusion of exception provisions; and extension of the survey provisions to include requirements for renewal and additional surveys.

2004 (Annex V) amendments (MEPC.116(51)) (amendments to the Appendix to Annex V)

1 August 2005

Amendments to the form of Garbage Record Book to add requirements for recording the discharge of cargo residues.

Protocol of 1997 (Annex VI – Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships

19 May 2005

New Annex VI added to the convention.

2003 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.111(50)) (amendments to regulation 13G, addition of new regulation 13H and consequential amendments to the supplement to the IOPP Certificate of Annex I)

5 April 2005

Amendments relating to bringing forward the single hull tanker phase out. Addition of a new regulation relating to carriage of heavy fuel oil in tankers.

2001 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.95(46)) (amendments to regulations 13G of Annex I and to the Supplement to the IOPP Certificate)

1 September 2002

Regulation 13G replaced and reference to Condition Assessment Scheme (CAS) added. Consequential amendments to the IOPP Certificate.

2000 (Annex V) amendments (MEPC.89(45)) (amendments to regulations 1, 3, 5 and 9 and to the Record of Garbage Discharge)

1 March 2002

Amendments to various regulations to prohibit the discharge into the sea of incinerator ashes from plastic products. Amendment to regulation 9 to permit placards to be written in Spanish.

2000 (Annex III) amendments (MEPC.84(44)) (amendments to the appendix to Annex III)

1 January 2002

Deletion of a clause from the guidelines for the identification of harmful substances in packaged form.

1999 (Annexes I and II) amendments (MEPC.78(43)) (amendments to regulations 13G and 26 and IOPP Certificate of Annex I and addition of new regulation 16 to Annex II)

1 January 2001

Various provisions including amendments to Annex I related to pollution prevention measures for existing tankers; the SOPEP and IOPP Certificate. Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP) for NLS introduced under Annex II.

1997 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.75(40)) (designation of North West European waters as a special area; new regulation 25A)

1 February 1999

Addition of a new special area under Annex I and regulation 25A relating to intact stability.

1996 (Protocol I) amendments (MEPC.68(38)) (Reporting Protocol)

1 January 1998

Amendments to provisions relating to reporting obligations.

1995 (Annex V) amendments (MEPC.65(37)) (guidelines for garbage management plans)

1 July 1997

Addition of new regulations relating to Garbage Management Plans, Garbage Record Books, and placards.

1994 (Annexes I, II, III & V) amendments (Conference resolutions 1-3) (Port State control on operational requirements)

3 March 1996

Addition of new regulations in Annexes I, II, III and V relating to port state control on operational requirements, ie ability to detain a ship if crew is not familiar with essential shipboard functions.

1992 (Annex II) amendments (MEPC.57(33)) (list of chemicals and the designation of the Antarctic as a Special Area)

1 July 1994

Addition of a new special area under Annex II. Amendments to various discharge provisions of Annex II and to the lists of chemicals in Appendices II and III to provide reference to the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code).

1992 (Annex III) amendments (MEPC.58(33)) (Revision of Annex III to introduce the IMDG Code as a vehicle for its implementation

28 February 1994

Amendment to application provision of Annex III to make reference to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.

1992 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.51(32)) (discharge criteria)

6 July 1993

Amendments to discharge provisions of Annex I including introduction of 15ppm discharge limit for machinery spaces.

1992 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.52(32)) (oil tanker design)

6 July 1993

Addition of new provisions relating to double hull tankers.

1991 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.47(31)) (new regulation 26 (Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan) and other amendments)

4 April 1993

Various provisions. Requirements for Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) introduced.

1991 (Annex V) amendments (MEPC.48(31)) (designation of the Wider Caribbean area as a special area)

4 April 1993

Addition of a new special area under Annex V.

1990 (Annexes I and V) amendments (MEPC.42(30)) (designation of the Antarctic area as a special area)

17 March 1992

Addition of a new special area under Annexes I and V.

1990 (Annexes I and II) amendments (MEPC.39(29)) (harmonized system of survey and certification)

3 February 2000

Amendments to provisions relating to survey and certification to introduce the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC).

1989 (Annex V) amendments (MEPC.36(28)) (designation of the North Sea as a special area)

18 February 1991

Addition of a new special area under Annex V.

1989 (Annex II) amendments (MEPC.34(27)) (list of chemicals)

13 October 1990

Amendments to lists of chemicals in Appendices II and III of Annex II.

1987 (Annex I) amendments (MEPC.29(25)) (designation of the Gulf of Aden as a special area)

1 April 1989

Addition of a new special area under Annex I.

1985 (Protocol I) amendments (MEPC.21(22)) (Reporting Protocol)

6 April 1987

Amendments to provisions relating to reporting obligations.

1985 (Annex II) amendments (MEPC.16(22)) (extensive amendments to Annex II in preparation for its implementation-pumping, piping, control, etc. (IBC and BCH Codes)

6 April 1987

Extensive amendments to Annex II including provisions related to pumping, piping and unloading arrangements; the provision of reception facilities; operations in special areas; the Cargo Record Book and survey and certification requirements.

1984 (Annex 1) amendments (MEPC.14(20))

7 January 1986

Extensive amendments to Annex I including provisions for the control of oil discharges; operations in Special Areas; oil discharge monitoring and control systems; crude oil washing; oily-water separating equipment; pumping, piping and discharge arrangements; damage stability criteria,; the IOPP Certificate; and Oil Record Book.

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