No. 11 of 2006
Applicable to:Ship owners, managers, operators, agents, masters and crew members
This circular informs the shipping community of the expected entry into force of revised Annex I of MARPOL 73/78 on 1 Jan 07.
The IMO adopted Resolution MEPC. 117(52) (Attachment A) on 15 Oct 04 revising Annex I of MARPOL 73/78. The Resolution is expected to enter into force on 1 Jan 07.
2.The revised MARPOL Annex I Regulations for the prevention of pollution by oil incorporates the various amendments adopted since MARPOL entered into force in 1983, including the amended regulation 13G (regulation 20 in the revised annex) and regulation 13H (regulation 21 in the revised annex) on the phasing-in of double hull requirements for oil tankers. It also separates, in different chapters, the construction and equipment provisions from the operational requirements and makes clear the distinctions between the requirements for new ships and those for existing ships. The layout of the Annex has been totally changed, and outdated text has been excluded. The revision provides a more user-friendly, simplified Annex I.
3.In addition to this, main changes of substances are:
1.1.Regulation 22 (Pump-room bottom protection)- on oil tankers of 5,000 tonnes deadweight and above constructed on or after 1 Jan 07, the pump-room is required to be provided with a double bottom.
1.2.Regulation 23 (Accidental oil outflow performance)- applicable to oil tankers delivered on or after 1 Jan 2010. This regulation specifies construction requirements to provide adequate protection against oil pollution in the event of stranding or collision.
1.3.The Oman Sea area of the Arabian Seas is designated as a special area in the revised Annex I. The other special areas in Annex I are the Mediterranean Sea area; Baltic Sea area; Black Sea area; Red Sea area, "Gulfs" area, Gulf of Aden area, Antarctic area, and North West European Waters. In the special areas, there are stricter controls on discharge of oily wastes.
1.4.Access to computerized, shore-based damage stability and residual strength calculation programs required for all oil tankers of 5000 tonnes deadweight and above from 1 Jan 07. This means that some kind of emergency response system or service (ERS) is required. This may be the owners' own system or registration with an ERS offered by any of the nine approved classification societies.
4.As a Party to the MARPOL Convention, Singapore has treaty obligations to give effect to the revised Annex I. Ship owners are advised to approach the nine approved classification societies to seek further guidance. Shipping community is urged to take early action to comply with the revised Annex I by 1 Jan 07.
5.Any queries relating to this circular should be directed to Mr Zafrul Alam (Tel: 63756204).
KHONG SHEN PING
DIRECTOR OF MARINE
MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE