In July 2011, amendments were adopted for the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to require more engery efficiency, reduced emissions, and raised standards for the handling of sewage and garbage. Those amendments have taken effect as of January 1, 2013.
IMO has posted a briefing describing these recent changes:
Regulations to improve the energy efficiency of international shipping enter into force
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