The 1973 MARPOL Convention sought to eliminate the amount of garbage and waste being illegally dumped into the sea from ships and platforms.
Ships & offshore platforms use Mil-tek machinery to help them conform to MARPOL legislation and actively manage the waste produced on board.
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Under Annex V of the Convention, the term 'garbage' includes all kinds of food waste excluding fresh fish, and all forms of domestic and operational waste, that is generated during the normal operation of the vessel and liable to be disposed of continuously or periodically.
Annex V of MARPOL also totally prohibits of the disposal of plastics anywhere into the sea, and severely restricts discharges of other forms of garbage from ships into coastal waters and "Special Areas".
The Annex also obliges governments to ensure the provision of facilities at ports and terminals for the reception of garbage.
All ships equal to or above 400 gross tonnage in weight and every ship certified to carry 15 persons or more, must carry a Garbage Management Plan, to include written procedures for collecting, storing, processing and disposing of garbage, including the use of equipment on board. The Garbage Management Plan should designate the person responsible for carrying out the plan and should be in the working language of the crew.
It is also required for ships/vessels to have a Garbage Record Book on-board, to keep track and record all the waste/garbage that has been generated while at sea.
For the person responsible for the Garbage Management Plan, tracking and recording all garbage and packaging waste can be cumbersome. Mil-tek offshore balers and compactors facilitate this process by compacting and baling waste and making significantly it easier to store, record and transport.
Under the Duty of Care, anyone who imports, produces, transports, keeps, treats or disposes of controlled waste substances must take all reasonable measures to prevent the escape of said waste from their care. In addition, waste must only be transferred to bodies authorised to transport waste, and a signed ‘transfer note’ must accompany any transfer of waste.
This note must contain information about the waste and the parties involved in the transfer. A single transfer note can cover multiple consignments, for up to 1 year, provided that the details are the same. The records of transfer notes must be kept for two years. Breach of any provisions of these requirements is a criminal offence.