Legislative instrument details: MARPOL Convention

Legal name The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto
Short name MARPOL Convention
CELEX reference
Identification number MARPOL 73/78
Issued by International Maritime Organisation
URL to issuer http://www.imo.org/home.asp
Parent legislative instrument
Valid from 02/10/1983
Abstract 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 updated by amendments through the years.
Reporting framework
Reporting obligations
Comments The Convention covers all the technical aspects of pollution from ships, except the disposal of waste into the sea by dumping, and applies to ships of all types, although it does not apply to pollution arising out of the exploration and exploitation of sea-bed mineral resources.
The Convention has two Protocols dealing respectively with Reports on Incidents involving Harmful Substances and Arbitration; and five Annexes which contain regulations for the prevention of various forms of pollution: pollution by oil (EIF 2/10/83); pollution by noxious liquid substances carried in bulk (EIF 06/04/87); pollution by harmful substances carried in packages, portable tanks, freight containers, or road or rail tank wagons, etc (EIF 01/07/92).; pollution by sewage from ships (EIF not yet); and pollution by garbage from ships (EIF 31/12/98t)