Revised text of MARPOL Annex VI now available

As reported in Weekly NEWS No 14/2008 of 4 April 2008, the 57th session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 57) approved a number of proposed amendments to the MARPOL Annex VI regulations, which deal with the reduction of harmful air emissions from vessels.


It is expected that these amendments will be formally adopted by the MEPC at its 58th session, which takes place 6-10 October 2008. Once adopted by MEPC 58, the amendments will enter into force in February 2010.


We now have clean copies of the following IMO documents:


The complete text of the revised MARPOL Annex VI, which also contains:


  • Form of International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) Certificate;
  • Test cycles and weighting factors (for verification of engine compliance with NOx emissions regulations);
  • Criteria and procedures for the designation of Emission Control Areas (ECAs);
  • Type approval and operating limits for shipboard incinerators;
  • Guidelines for Information to be included in the Bunker Delivery Note (BDN);
  • The new Fuel Verification Procedure for MARPOL Annex VI fuel samples (procedure to determine whether the fuel delivered to ship is compliant)


The complete text of the revised NOx Technical Code.


For ease of reference, we include a brief summary of the significant changes to MARPOL Annex VI regarding SOx, NOx, abatement technologies, reception facilities, fuel availability, fuel quality.


The MEPC also made further progress on a number of other emissions-related issues as follows:


Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems – MEPC 57 concluded on an interim wash water discharge criteria for use of scrubber (as part of the revised guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems) but forwarded these to GESAMP (a U.N. Group of Experts for assessment of the safety hazards of materials) for review and assessment.


Halons – MEPC 57 approved a draft MSC/MEPC circular decreasing the availability of Halons and forwarded it to the Maritime Safety Committee for consideration


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – The MEPC agreed on draft guidelines for the development of a VOC Management Plan to minimise VOC emissions from

tankers. INTERTANKO will be involved in the drafting process.


Contact: Dragos Rauta