11/1/2018: Coast Guard, South African agencies hold seminar on vessel pollution prevention and enforcement

In September, subject matter experts from the U.S. Coast Guard traveled to Cape Town, South Africa for four-day seminar to exchange information and share techniques with officials from the Republic of South Africa on vessel pollution prevention and enforcement. Staff from the Coast Guard’s Compliance Analysis Division at Headquarters led the seminar and discussed the U.S. process for ensuring compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and actions the U.S. government takes when it suspects civil or criminal conduct aboard a foreign or domestic vessel.


10/29/2018: New work instruction on enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI Regulation, engine operation in Emission Control Areas

Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection, affected companies, and Recognized Organizations that issue International Air Pollution Prevention certificates on behalf of the United States are encouraged to apply this Work Instruction as it relates to the installation and certification of “qualifying engines” that are required to meet IMO Tier III performance standards.


7/2/2018: MARPOL Annex VI fuel oil consumption reporting

Recent amendments to MARPOL Annex VI – Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships require that from calendar year 2019, each ship of 5,000 gross tonnage and above collect the data specified in appendix IX of MARPOL Annex VI, for that and each subsequent calendar year or portion thereof, as appropriate.


1/9/2017: Polar Code – MARPOL Applicability

On January 1, 2017 the Polar Code entered into force. The Polar Code builds upon MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV and V as well as SOLAS requirements. The Code applies to vessels which operate in polar waters, as defined in the applicable sections of MARPOL. Unlike the SOLAS applicability, there is not an extended implementation date for existing vessels. The MARPOL provisions became mandatory for all vessels operating in polar waters on January 1, 2017.


12/20/2016: Polar Code – SOLAS applicability

The Polar Code will enter into force on Jan. 1, 2017. The applicability of the Polar Code is more complex than other Codes because it builds upon three conventions – SOLAS, several annexes of MARPOL and STCW. This post aims to clarify the applicability of the Polar Code’s safety provisions.