What is Annex III of MARPOL 73/78 (Regulation for the Prevention of Pollution by Harmful substances carried by sea in packaged form) and regulations ?

Chemicals which are carried in packaged form, in solid form or in bulk are regulated by Part A of SOLAS Chapter VII: Carriage of dangerous goods, which includes provisions for the classification, packing, marking, labelling and placarding, documentation and stowage of dangerous goods.

MARPOL Annex III (entered into force on 1st July 1992) also sets out regulations for the prevention of pollution by harmful substances in packaged form and includes general requirements for the issuing of detailed standards on packing, marking, labelling, documentation, stowage, quantity limitations, exceptions and notifications for preventing pollution by harmful substances. For the purpose of Annex III, “harmful substances” are those identified as “marine pollutants” in the IMDG Code.