Certificates and Documents

Following operational documents and information are available to mariner to prevent pollution and protect the environment:

1. Operational orders
2. Relevant regulations for the type of vessel involved
3. Company procedures related to the protection of the marine environment
4. Equipment manufacturer’s instructions and recommended procedures
5. Instructions of relevant maritime authorities
6. Vessel’s log where relevant
7. Certificates and other documents required by regulations for the protection of the marine environment
8. Relevant standards related to the protection of the marine environment, including guidelines issued under the Australian Intergovernment Agreement on a National System for the Prevention and Management of Marine Pest Incursions
9. Material Safety Data Sheets, placarding, site registers, site manifests, training and the provision of information as required.

Garbage Disposal Plan

Annex V MARPOL, requires vessel 12 metres or more in length, to display the Garbage Disposal Placard on vessel where it is best visible to crew and passengers. Placards can be obtained from the Authority’s Policy Officer (Environment).
The wording for the placards should be similar to the following example:

INTERNATIONAL POLLUTION REGULATIONS
MARPOL73/78 CONVENTION, ANNEX V
DISPOSAL OF ALL PLASTICS INTO THE SEA IS PROHIBITED
NON-PLASTIC GARBAGE WHICH CANNOT BE RETAINED ON BOARD FOR PROPER DISPOSAL ASHORE MAY ONLY BE DISPOSED OF AT SEA PROVIDED THAT THE VESSEL IS MORE THAN 12 NM FROM NEAREST LAND


Requirement to maintain a Garbage Record Book

  • Vessels over 400 tons will need to enter details of every garbage incineration or disposal in a Garbage Record Book.
  • The record book, and any receipt for using a waste reception facility in port, must be kept for two years and be available for inspection by authorities.
  • Guidelines can be found at the AMSA website.

Garbage Record Book

  • Every ship of 400 tons gross tonnage and above and every ship which is certified to carry 15 persons or more engaged in voyages to ports or offshore terminals under the jurisdiction of other Parties to the Convention and every fixed and floating platform engaged in exploration and exploitation of the sea-bed, shall be provided with a Garbage Record Book.
  • The approved AMSA format for a Garbage Record Book can be found at the AMSA website

Vessel on International Voyages

If you intend taking your vessel on an international voyage additional requirements relating to MARPOL Annex V will apply. For details about these requirements you should refer to the AMSA website.

Requirement to maintain a Garbage Management Plan

  • Annex V MARPOL, requires vessel certified to carry 15 persons or more, OR is 400 gross tons or more, to develop and follow a waste management plan and be fitted with equipment required to operate in accordance with the waste management plan.
  • Guidelines for the development of Garbage Management Plans can be found at the website of the International Maritime Organization.


Contents of Garbage Management Plan

Matters to be addressed in Garbage Management plan include: -

1.
Designated person in charge of carrying out the plan
2. Procedures for collecting garbage
3. Procedures for processing garbage
4. Procedures for storing garbage
5. Procedures for disposing of garbage

Waste management plan can also be obtained from the website
http://www.tourismoperators.reefhq.com.au/highstandard/wastewater/index.html