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Wednesday, July 18, 2018


As of July 1, 2000 it has become mandatory for vessels to deliver ‘all’ ship generated wastes and cargo residues before leaving ports of the Baltic Sea States.

A circular letter distributed by the International Maritime Organisation explains that the contracting States of the Helsinki Commission have amended Regulation 7 to Annex IV “Prevention of Pollution from Ships” of the 1992 Helsinki Convention to incorporate this requirement.

Entering into force on 1 July 2000, it states that all ships must deliver, before leaving a Baltic port:

-         all ship generated wastes which are not allowed to be discharged into the Baltic Sea in accordance with the 1992 Helsinki Convention and MARPOL 73/78; and

-         all cargo residues in accordance with MARPOL 73/78

Ships with ‘minor amounts of wastes’, which are deemed unreasonable to discharge, are however exempted from this requirement. ‘Minor amounts of wastes’ are defined as follows:

-         Minor amounts in relation to delivery of oil or oily mixtures from ship’s machinery space wastes oil tanks: 25% of the storage capacity, taking into account the special situation of ships with small capacities of storage tanks.

-         Minor amounts in relation to delivery of garbage, excluding food wastes: All collected garbage ready for delivery at the time of departure must be delivered.

-         Minor amounts in relation to delivery of cargo residues from ship’s cargo tanks are not applicable as:

- apart from situations described in Regulations 8 (2) (b) and 8 (6) (b) and (c) of Annex II of MARPOL 73/78, all pre-washes from category A and B noxious liquid substances, as well as
- pumpable oil cargo residues available for delivery at the time of departure must be delivered.

The full text of MARPOL 73/78 Annex II, Regulations 8 (2) (b) and 8 (6) (b) and (c) is available in our web site.

For any further clarification or expansion to the references regarding either MARPOL 73/78 or the Helsinki Convention please contact