Marpol 73/78 Annex V
The revised IMO Marpol 73/78 Annex V will enter into force on the 1st of January 2013 and includes a number of operational consequences. Ship generated waste materials that previously was disposed of at sea, such as paper & cardboard, glass, metal tins & cans (all ground or un‐ground), but also materials that float such as lining and packing materials etc. will have to be kept onboard for subsequent recycling or disposal ashore. In this respect ships will be forced to either find additional storage space for the waste, or required to reduce the volume for onboard storage if available space is limited.
Marpol defines several certain sea areas as "special areas", where special waste handling methods must be implemented:
Simplified overview of the discharge requirements of the revised MARPOL Annex
Please refer to the original text of MARPOL Annex V or the 2012 Guidelines for the Implementation of MARPOL Annex V for a detailed and complete overview concerning the respective discharge requirements.