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  4th August 2008 - STAR MARITIME

Protection against pollution for S. Africa and the Gulfs

THE International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has identified special areas in South Africa and the Gulfs where ships are not allowed to dump waste effective last Friday.

IMO said in a statement that the new guideline provided extra protection against pollution by ships in the areas under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

The Gulfs is established as a special area in 1973, when MARPOL was adopted.

However, the discharge requirements could not take effect until the states in the area had ratified the convention and provided adequate reception facilities, the IMO added.

It said the guideline was the result of a 10-year regional project on the implementation of MARPOL organised and administrated by Regional Organisation for the Protection of the Marine Environment, with the support of IMO.

“All the states in the Gulfs area have now ratified MARPOL and provide adequate reception and treatment facilities for Annex I and Annex V ship-generated wastes in ports, terminals and ship repair ports in the area,” it said.

Annex I covers pollution by oil from ships and Annex V covers pollution by garbage from ships.

IMO said the Southern South African waters special area under MARPOL Annex I was adopted as an amendment to MARPOL in 2006, and Marine Environment Protection Committee resolution that was adopted last year.

“South Africa has informed that adequate reception facilities for oily wastes from ships are provided in major ports within the special area,” it said.

IMO is the United Nations-specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.


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