What is Annex V of MARPOL 73/78 (Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from ships) and discharge regulations?

Written by Amit Sharma
  • Garbage means all kinds of victual, domestic and operational waste excluding fresh fish and parts thereof generated during the normal operation of the ship and liable to be disposed off continuously or periodically except those substance which are defined or listed in other annexes to the present convention.
  • Special area: means a sea area where for recognized technical reasons in relation to its ocean graphical and ecological condition and to the particular character of its traffic the adoption of special mandatory methods for the prevention of sea pollution by garbage is required.
Annex V(5) Special Areas :
  1. Mediterrean sea
  2. Baltic Sea
  3. Black Sea
  4. Red sea
  5. Gulf Sea
  6. North sea
  7. Antarctic Sea (South of latitude 600 South)
  8. Wider carribean region (including gulf of mexico and caribbean sea)

The revised Annex V which entered into force on 1 January 2013 now generally prohibits the discharge of all garbage into the sea, except as provided otherwise in regulations 4, 5, and 6 of the Annex, which are related to food waste, cargo residues, cleaning agents and additives and animal carcasses. Exceptions with respect to the safety of a ship and those on board and accidental loss are contained in regulation 7 of Annex V.

An overview of the revised MARPOL Annex V discharge criteria can be seen here.


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Amit Sharma

Graduated from M.E.R.I. Mumbai (Mumbai University), After a brief sailing founded this website with the idea to bring the maritime education online which must be free and available for all at all times and to find basic solutions that are of extreme importance to a seafarer by our innovative ideas.