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Guidance on Waste Management for Tankers [INTERTANKO]


Year: 2017
Language: english
Author: INTERTANKO
Genre: Guide
Publisher: INTERTANKO
Edition: Rev. 2
Format: PDF
Quality: Scanned pages + text layer
Pages count: 31
Description: In drafting this Guide, INTERTANKO’s Environmental Committee applied the concept of reduce, reuse and
recycle. This is used as a basis for agreeing on the management options being recommended in the guidance.
For example, reducing waste at source by urging suppliers to deliver stores with less packaging may assist
with more general waste streams, while requesting suppliers of specialist or hazardous materials to provide
provision for their eventual safe disposal will assist in effectively managing any waste generated aboard.
Conversely, delivering waste in a uniform and standardised manner, as proposed by the ISO 21070 standard,
may allow port reception facilities to more effectively receive segregated waste in readiness for recycling.
When developing procedures for the management of regulated waste streams INTERTANKO advises that
any such procedures are checked against their Administration’s requirements. Furthermore, port States and
regional regulatory authorities may have unilateral legislation in place for both MARPOL regulated waste and
other waste streams not regulated by MARPOL. As such, owners and operators are urged to maintain an up
to date record of all national and regional requirements and ensure their management procedures meet those
requirements relevant to the vessel’s trading pattern.
As a general principle the strategy to reduce, reuse and recycle should form the basis of the Garbage
Management Plan. This waste hierarchy remains the cornerstone of most waste reduction management with
the aim of extracting the maximum practical benefits from products and generating the minimum amount of
waste.
Additional info: The revised MARPOL Annex V on Garbage entered into force on 1 January 2013. Together with the
revised regulations the International Maritime Organization (IMO) also issued the 2012 Guidelines for the
Implementation of MARPOL Annex V and the 2012 Guidelines for the Development of Garbage Management
Plans. The latter 2012 Guidelines were replaced with the 2017 Guidelines for the Implementation of MARPOL
Annex V (Resolution MEPC.295 (71)) in July 2017. MARPOL Annex V and the 2017 IMO Guidelines must be
used as the basis for establishing a Garbage Management Plan.
The revision of MARPOL Annex V draws this annex into line with the remaining annexes and sets a complete
prohibition on the discharge of garbage to the sea. Exceptions to this prohibition exist within the Annex in
Regulations 3, 4, 5 and 6. In general terms these exceptions are limited to food wastes, certain cargo residues,
certain cleaning agents and additives and cargo residues entrained in wash water which are not harmful to
the marine environment. A matrix for the discharge requirements relevant for tankers can be found in Annex
I of this Guide.
The definitions found in Annex II and Annex III of this Guide are taken from the revised MARPOL Annex V
and the 2017 IMO Guidelines. They are replicated with the kind permission of the IMO and are intended to
provide easy reference in relation to the terms used in this document.

Contents

This document seeks to provide guidance for the management of waste on-board tankers taking into account
the IMO requirements and guidance. Importantly, this document provides additional guidance for waste
categories that the IMO has not considered in detail.

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