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Clean Ships, Clean Ports, Clean Oceans: Controlling Garbage and Plastic Wastes at Sea (1995)

Chapter: Revised Guidelines for the Implementation of Annex V of MARPOL 73/78

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Suggested Citation:"Revised Guidelines for the Implementation of Annex V of MARPOL 73/78." National Research Council. 1995. Clean Ships, Clean Ports, Clean Oceans: Controlling Garbage and Plastic Wastes at Sea. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/4769.
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APPENDIX B 294 Resolution MEPC.59(33) (adopted on 30 October 1992) Revised Guidelines for the Implementation of Annex V of MARPOL 73/78 THE MARINE E NVIRONMENT PROTECTION COMMITTEE, RECALLING Article 38(c) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the function of the Marine Environment Protection Committee, RECOGNIZING that Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78), provides regulations for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships, RECOGNIZING ALSO the necessity of providing guidelines to assist Governments in developing and enacting domestic laws and regulations which give effect to and implement Annex V of MARPOL 73/78, NOTING that part IV (Garbage) of the Guidelines on. the Provision of Adequate Reception Facilities developed by the Organization in 1978, BEING AWARE that the Committee at its twenty-sixth session modified the above-mentioned guidelines for garbage and developed guidelines for the implementation of Annex V of MARPOL 73/78 which were incorporated in the publication MARPOL 73/78, Consolidated Edition, 1991, BEING ALSO AWARE that the Assembly at its seventeenth session adopted resolution A.719(17) on prevention of air pollution from ships, and requested the Committee and the Maritime Safety Committee to develop environmentally based standards for incineration of garbage and other ship-generated waste, HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendations of the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment at its thirty-fifth session and the Sub-Committee on Bulk Chemicals at its twenty-second session regarding the standard specification for shipboard incinerators, 1. ADOPTS the Revised Guidelines for the Implementation of Annex V of MARPOL 73/78; and 2. R ECOMMENDS Governments to implement the provisions of Annex V of MARPOL 73/78 in accordance with the revised guidelines.

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Marine debris is a serious environmental problem. To do its part, the United States has agreed to abide by the international treaty for garbage control at sea, known as MARPOL 73/78 Annex V.

Clean Ships, Clean Ports, Clean Oceans explores the challenge of translating Annex V into workable laws and regulations for all kinds of ships and boats, from cruise ships to fishing crafts and recreational boats. The volume examines how existing resources can be leveraged into a comprehensive strategy for compliance, including integrated waste management systems and effective enforcement.

Clean Ships, Clean Ports, Clean Oceans describes both progress toward and obstacles to Annex V compliance. The book covers:

  • How shipborne garbage orignates and what happens to garbage discharged into the seas.
  • Effects of discharge on human health, wildlife safety, and aesthetics.
  • Differences in perspective among military, industrial, and recreational seafarers and shoreside facilities.

Clean Ships, Clean Ports, Clean Oceans will be important to marine policymakers, port administrators, ship operations officers, maritime engineers, and marine ecologists.

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