Ships’ Garbage Management under Revised MARPOL Annex V

Revised MARPOL Annex V sets new regulatory requirements regarding the disposal of garbage from ships and will come into force on 1 January 2013. The new amendments prohibit the disposal of almost all kinds of garbage at sea with the exemption under specific requirements of food waste, animal carcasses, cargo residues contained in wash water and environmental friendly cleaning agents. As a result of these regulations more and more ships will dispose their ship-generated waste to reception facilities ashore. MARPOL Annex V applies to all ships.

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EMSA Study on the Delivery of Ship Waste and Cargo Residues in EU Ports

On last September EMSA released a report on the Delivery of Ship-generated Waste and Cargo Residues to Port Reception Facilities in EU Ports. The objectives of the study were to provide EMSA with waste volume fact sheets for identified ports, todescribe the applied waste handling system in mentioned ports and to analyse factors influencing the ship-waste delivery behaviour of ships.

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Cargo Residues in Hold Bilge Systems

Before loading the cargo hold of a bulk carrier or a general cargo, appropriate inspections should be conducted in order to ensure that all the systems related to the cargo hold are in good working order. One of the key common issues is the cleaning of the hold from cargo residues. Various debris have the “ability” to find their way into the systems of hold bilges making manual removal of such debris imperative. Debris (especially foodstuff) which have been left in the bilges will decay over time giving some of the most unpleasant smells. Hold bilges are usually cleaned using a shovel and afterwards they must be lifted out of the hold. Once the bilge area has been cleaned the next thing to do is to verify and ensure that the rest of the hold bilge systems are in good working order. Therefore the following should be checked and tested if possible: bilge sounding pipes, bilge suctions, bilge non return valves.

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