MARPOL ANNEX VI CLOSER TO IMPLEMENTATION

Panama and Greece stated during this week’s IMO MEPC session that they intend to ratify MARPOL Annex VI before the end of December 2002. This could bring the total tonnage of the countries that have ratified to as much as 50% of the international fleet.

Panama and Greece stated during this week’s session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee that they intend to ratify MARPOL Annex VI before the end of December 2002. This would mean that the total tonnage of these two countries' Flags plus that of the seven that have already ratified MARPOL Annex VI might be as much as 50% of the international commercial fleet, thus fulfilling one of the conditions for entry into force.

 

However, sex more countries (irrespective of the tonnage of their Flag) will have to ratify the Annex before it can enter into force in order to fulfil the second condition, namely ratification by 15 countries.

 

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