We want to know what you think about proposed regulations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for international shipping.

AMSA is seeking feedback on proposed updates to Marine order 97 (Marine pollution prevention – air pollution) (MO97). MO97 deals with preventing air pollution from vessels and gives effect to MARPOL regulations on the prevention of air pollution from ships (MARPOL Annex VI).

These updates build on work undertaken earlier this year to review MO97 to ensure consistency with MARPOL Annex VI, for which a consultation concluded in March. 

The latest updates proposed to MO97 mainly look to give effect to the new short-term measure adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that will reduce the carbon intensity of international shipping by 40% by 2030, compared to 2008 levels. The short-term measure applies to certain types of foreign-flagged and commercial Australian vessels that undertake international voyages.  

The updates to MO97 also covers an exemption for unmanned non-self-propelled (UNSP) barges.

For a full list of vessels affected by the short-term measure, please visit the AMSA website

Submit your feedback by midnight 9 October 2022
Key changes

The main aim of this review is to give effect to the new mandatory short-term GHG reduction measure adopted by the IMO.  

In addition, the updates introduce a procedure for granting exemptions for unmanned non-self-propelled (UNSP) barges from certain survey and certification requirements relating to the International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) certificate.  

Refinements have also been made to MO97 following the consultation undertaken earlier this year to provide clarity on the application of the EIAPP certificate requirements. These updates ensure the ongoing application of the EIAPP certification requirements to recreational vessels consistent with MARPOL Annex VI. They also expand the onus on engine suppliers to provide an EIAPP certificate for all engines greater than 130 kW to be installed on certain recreational vessels after 1 January 2023, consistent with the onus proposed for engines supplied for domestic commercial vessels (DCVs). 

Several other minor and editorial changes have also been made to the Marine Order. 

A complete list of proposed modifications to MO97 can be seen in the table of changes (PDF 741.5 KB). All changes proposed to MO97 through this consultation process have been highlighted in yellow, and all changes proposed to MO97 through the consultation undertaken earlier in 2022 have been highlighted in blue

All submissions made during the first phase of consultation, which concluded in March this year, will be considered with any additional submissions made during this consultation period.