BIMCO's position on "marine plastic litter " has been approved by the BIMCO Board of Directors.
Annex V of the MARPOL Convention, which entered into force on 31 December 1988, prohibits ships from discharging different forms of garbage including plastic litter into the sea. However, there is an increasing amount of plastic in the sea and recent studies have shown that some of this stems from ships.
In accordance with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14), IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in 2018 adopted an action plan to address marine plastic litter from ships. The plan aims to enhance existing regulations and introduce new supporting measures to reduce marine plastic litter from ships. The IMO action plan will be completed by 2025.
In December 2019, BIMCO’s Board of Directors decided to start a campaign leading to a possible ban on plastic water bottles carried on board.
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) publish regular Bunker Alerts based entirely on fuel samples and have kindly permitted BIMCO’s Members to access this information.
The Bunker Alerts are not intended to be an evaluation of overall bunker quality in the port or area concerned, but usually highlight a specific parameter within the fuel which has raised a quality issue.
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