These regulations revoke and replace the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations 1996 and its amendments on 1 March 2019.
The 2019 regulations transpose current rules under Annex 1 (Regulations for the prevention of pollution by oil) to the MARPOL convention. The Polar Code, which concerns the protection of ships within and navigation of polar areas, is also transposed.
The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations 2019 revoke and replace the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations 1996 on 1 March 2019.
What will be updated?
The 2019 regulations consolidate the 1996 regulations and its subsequent amendments. The 2019 regulations also transpose revisions to the IMO’s International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex I (Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Oil) yet to be implemented in the UK and the requirements of the Polar Code.
These regulations concern discharges by UK ships, whether within the UK waters or anywhere else in the world. This regime also concerns discharges by non-UK ships within UK waters.
The regulations do not apply to warships, Naval auxiliaries or other ships owned and operated by the State and used for government non-commercial service.
The 2019 regulations revise the marine prevention of oil pollution regime as follows:
The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations 1996 concerned the regulation of oil pollution by UK ships, whether within the UK waters or anywhere else in the world. This regime also applies to non-UK ships within UK waters. This regime implements Annex I to MARPOL.
Eligible ships must be surveyed and certified against these regulations to:
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