SHIPBOARD MARINE POLLUTION EMERGENCY PLAN (SMPEP)

SC No.4 of 2002

24-10-2002

Applicable to:Ship owners , agents, managers and shipmasters.

Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP)

1.Regulation 26 of Annex I of MARPOL 73/78 (Prevention of Pollution by Oil) requires every oil tanker of 150 GT and above and every ship, other than an oil tanker, of 400 GT and above to have on board an approved Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP). Such a plan is required to be drawn up in accordance with the "Guidelines for the Development of Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plans" adopted by Resolution MEPC.54(32). This requirement has been in force since 4 Apr 1993.

Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan for Noxious Liquid Substances

2.Regulation 16 of Annex II of MARPOL 73/78 (Prevention of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances) requires every ship of 150 GT and above certified to carry noxious liquid substances in bulk to have on board an approved Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan for Noxious Liquid Substances. Such a plan is required to be drawn up in accordance with the "Guidelines for the Development of Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plans for Oil and/or Noxious Liquid Substances" adopted by Resolution MEPC.85(44). This requirement will come into force on 1 Jan 2003.

Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP)

3.In the case of ships to which Regulation 26 of Annex I and Regulation 16 of Annex II apply, amendments to Regulation 26 of Annex I and Regulation 16 of Annex II of MARPOL 73/78 allow the SOPEP and the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan for Noxious Liquid Substances to be combined into one, notwithstanding that Regulation 16 of Annex II will only come into force on 1 Jan 2003. The ships shall have on board the approved combined plan, known as the "Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan" (SMPEP).

4.Shipowners, managers, shipping agents and shipmasters are urged to approach the organization that issues the vessel's "International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate" or "International Pollution Prevention Certificate for the Carriage of Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk" for advice on the preparation and approval of the applicable plan(s).

5.Any queries relating to this circular should be directed to Mr Mark Lim (Tel: 63756204).

LEE SENG KONG
DIRECTOR OF MARINE
MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE

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