MARPOL requires ships to be fitted with certain pollution prevention equipment, including oil filtering equipment, oil discharge monitoring and control systems, oil content meters, oil/water interface detectors, sewage treatment plants and shipboard incinerators. Such equipment should be of the type which has been approved by Governments in accordance with the relevant resolutions adopted by IMO.
Over the years, IMO has adopted a series of resolutions on pollution prevention equipment standards and test specifications which have been kept continuously under review following the experience obtained on their performance and taking into account the advancement in technology. Consequently, many of the early resolutions adopted in the 1970s and 1980s became obsolete and have now been replaced.
The present publication is a revised and updated version of the 1997 edition and contains those "live" resolutions on pollution prevention equipment which are currently applicable to new installations on boards ships, except where expressly provided otherwise. These resolutions are:
- Revised Guidelines and Specificatios for Pollution Prevention Equipment for Machinery Space Bilges on Ships;
- Revised Guidelines and Specifications for Oil Discharge Monitoring and Control Systems for Oil Tankers;
- Specification for Oil/Water Interface Detectors;
- Revised Guidelines on Implementation of Effluent Standards and Performance Tests for Sewage Treatment Plants;
- Standard Specification for Shipboard Incinerators; and
- Guidelines On-board Gas-SOx Cleaning Systems.
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