MARPOL Annex V
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), at its 61st session, approved to adopt the revised MARPOL Annex V. The revised Annex became mandatory on January 1st, 2013. In the revised Annex, there is a general prohibition against the discharge of ‘garbage’ to sea. However, cargo residues can be discharged if certain conditions are fulfilled. One of the conditions that must be fulfilled is that residues shall not contain any substances ‘harmful to the marine environment’.
The MARPOL Annex V classification is directly related to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) classification for marine transport. The IMDG Code and MARPOL Annex V are in line with the requirements detailed in the 6th revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
What we provide
Staff at ToxConsult have more than 7 years experience with determining environmental hazard classifications for minerals ores and concentrates, coal, and other metal-containing inorganic products. Through coordinating a series of tests which are prescribed by the relevant Codes and Regulations and providing technical interpretation of the results, we can determine if your cargo should be considered ‘harmful to the marine environment.’ We can also determine whether your material should be classified as a Material Hazardous only in Bulk (MHB) according to the criteria in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code.
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