This has been developed following a comprehensive review to bring the Annex up to date.
Isle of Man Ship Registry has issued MSN to summarise the new requirements, for further information please refer to MEPC.219(63).
The new Annex requires that the discharge of all garbage into the sea is prohibited, except as expressly provided otherwise.
The discharges permitted while en route include food wastes, cargo residues and water used for washing deck and external surfaces containing cleaning agents or additives which are not harmful to the marine environment.
However there is an exception to the „en route‟ requirement with the discharge of food wastes where it is clear the retention on board presents an imminent health risk to the people on board.
There has been no change to the limited exceptions to the regulations in the case of emergencies and accidental loss. There are several new definitions in the revised Annex including- animal carcass(es), cargo residues, cooking oil, domestic wastes, fishing gear, food wastes, incinerator ashes, operational wastes and plastics.
All of these definitions are now incorporated in the revised general description for „garbage‟, and are categorised in the Garbage Record Book.
Source: Isle of Man Ship Registry