ACP Advisory on need to have onboard all documents required by revised MARPOL Annex II

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued Advisory to Shipping A-31-2006 stating that ACP regulations require compliance with the MARPOL Convention, including any subsequent amendments.


The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued Circular Letter No. 2730 in July 2006, whereby it announced the entry into force date of 1 January 2007 for the revised Annex II to MARPOL 73/78, as well as the amended International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code), as adopted by Resolutions MEPC.119(52) and MSC.176(79).


Effective 1 January 2007, all ships intending to transit the Panama Canal carrying Annex II liquids are to have all documents required by MARPOL Annex II onboard, and use them for their voyage planning purposes.


Please note that the ACP should be notified as early as possible, but not later than 96 hours prior to arrival in Panama Canal waters, of the status of any ship that is affected by the requirements under MARPOL Annex II. These notifications shall be forwarded to:


Chemist, Transit Operations Division

Department of Maritime Operations

Telephone: (507) 272-4218

Fax: (507) 272-5501



Copies of all the Panama Canal Advisories are also available in the Panama Canal web page at under Maritime Operations.


Contact: Howard Snaith