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
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
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.