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The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships is better known as the MARPOL Convention or just MARPOL.
​The MARPOL Convention is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes. It is a combination of two treaties adopted in 1973 and 1978 respectively and also includes the Protocol of 1997 (Annex VI).  It has been updated by amendments through the years.
The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) was adopted on 2 November 1973 at IMO and covered pollution by oil, chemicals, harmful substances in packaged form, sewage and garbage. The Protocol of 1978 relating to the 1973 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (1978 MARPOL Protocol) was adopted at a Conference on Tanker Safety and Pollution Prevention in February 1978 held in response to a spate of tanker accidents in 1976-1977. As the 1973 MARPOL Convention had not yet entered into force, the 1978 MARPOL Protocol absorbed the parent Convention. The combined instrument is referred to as the International Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78), and it entered into force on 2 October 1983 (Annexes I and II). In 1997 a Protocol was adopted to add a new Annex VI.
MARPOL includes regulations aimed at preventing and minimizing pollution from ships—both accidental pollution and that from routine operations—and currently includes six technical Annexes. All six Annexes are included in a "consolidated" volume which incorporates amendments made to the convention.
An additional volume has been published containing only Annex VI along with the NOx Technical Code, which provides technical guidance for complying with MARPOL Annex VI.


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  • $38.90 $43.20
    This manual provides useful, practical information to Governments, particularly those of developing countries, on the technical, economical and legal implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the MARPOL Convention and its Annexes.
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    The purpose of this publication is to provide easy reference to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) resolutions on shipboard pollution prevention equipment that are required under MARPOL. MARPOL requires ships to be fitted with certain pollution prevention equipment, including oil filte...
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  • $18.95 $9.93
    First published in 1986, the new edition contains: * Article 8 of MARPOL 73/78 * Amendments to Protocol I of MARPOL 73/78Reporting Systems and Ship Reporting Requirements, including Guidelines for Reporting Incidents Involving Dangerous Goods, Harmful Substances and/or Marine Pollutants * A list ...
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    The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 (MARPOL Convention), is concerned with preserving the marine environment through the prevention of pollution by oil and other harmful substances and the minimization of accidental discharge of such substances. Its techn...
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  • $19.95 $20.98
    This updated A3 (297 mm x 420 mm) poster provides a useful and simplified overview of the discharge provisions of MARPOL V.
  • $24.95 $26.22
    This publication contains: The 2017 Guidelines for the implementation of MARPOL Annex V (resolution MEPC.295(71)); The 2012 Guidelines for the development of garbage management plans (resolution MEPC.220(63)); and The consolidated text of MARPOL annex V, including amendments adopted by resol...
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