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General Bulk Cargo

March 2018 - Amendments to MARPOL Annex V adopted at MEPC 70 will enter into force on 1st March 2018. These include criteria for determining whether cargo residues are harmful to the marine environment and entries in the garbage record book. 
Regulation 4
Discharge of garbage outside special areas

A new paragraph 3 is added as follows:
Solid bulk cargoes as defined in regulation VI/1-1.2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974 , as amended, other than grain, shall be classified in accordance with appendix I of this Annex, and declared by the shipper as to whether or not they are harmful to the marine environment
Regulation 6
Discharge of garbage within special areas 

Paragraph 1.2.1 is replaced with the following:
".1 Cargo residues contained in hold washing water do not include any substances classified as harmful to the marine environment according to the criteria set out in appendix I of this Annex;"
 A new paragraph 1.2.2 is added as follows:
".2 Solid bulk cargoes as defined in regulation VI/1-1.2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974 , as amended, other than grain, shall be classified in accordance with appendix I of this Annex, and declared by the shipper as to whether or not they are harmful to the marine environment*;"
 A new paragraph 1.2.3 is added as follows:
".3 Cleaning agents or additives contained in hold washing water do not include any substances classified as harmful to the marine environment taking into account guidelines developed by the Organization;"
Garbage Record Book - a new form of the Garbage Record Book has been included in appendix II to MARPOL Annex V. It is in two parts - Part 1 for all garbage other than cargo residues for all ships and Part II for cargo residues applicable to ships carrying solid bulk cargo. This includes entries for position or port, garbage category (HME or non-HME), amount discharged to sea or reception facilities, and start and stop positions for sea discharge.
Placards and Garbage Management Plans should be revised as necessary

April 2017 - UK P&I Club issued Risk Focus - Hatch Covers. This brochure has been designed to help those involved in inspecting, testing and evaluating the weathertight integrity of hatch covers in making well informed decisions, and assist owners and shipboard personnel in maintaining their hatch covers and closing appliances in line with good industry practice and standards. Click on the cover below to download the brochure.

 Risk Focus - Hatch Covers

April 2016 - DNV GL is receiving an increasing number of requests regarding the carriage of cargo on deck and hatch covers of traditional bulk carriers. DNV GL Technical and Regulatory News provides you with the information you need when preparing a vessel for deck cargoes. Information available HERE