Special areas demarcated under MARPOL

 

Marpol
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MARPOL consists of 6 annexes to cover marine pollution by ships. Special areas under each annex demarcate specific sea areas in which, for technical reasons relating to their oceanographical and ecological condition and to their sea traffic, the adoption of special mandatory methods for the prevention of sea pollution is required. Under the Convention, these special areas are provided with a higher level of protection than other areas of the sea.

ANNEX I: Oil

  1. The Mediterranean Sea area
  2. The Baltic Sea area
  3. The Black Sea area
  4. The Red Sea area
  5. The Gulf area
  6. The Gulf of Aden area
  7. The Antarctic Area
  8. The North-West European Waters
  9. Oman area of the Arabian Sea
  10. Southern South African Water

 

ANNEX II: Noxious Liquid Substances

Antarctic area

 

ANNEX III: Harmful substances in packaged form

None specified

 

ANNEX IV: Sewage

The Baltic Sea

 

ANNEX V: Garbage

  1. The Mediterranean Sea area
  2. The Baltic Sea area
  3. The Black Sea area
  4. The Red Sea area
  5. The Gulf area
  6. The North Sea area
  7. The Antarctic Area
  8. The Wider Caribbean Region

 

ANNEX VI: Air Pollution (Emission Control Areas)

  1. Baltic Sea (SOx)
  2. North Sea (SOx)
  3. North American ECA (NOx, SOx and PM)
  4. The United States Caribbean Sea ECA (NOx, SOx and PM)

 

There are regular updates done with more and more areas applying strict regulations upon entry into their regions even though their areas are not specified under MARPOL.

Case in point being China demarcating the entry into specified ports on their coastline with the South China Sea as an ECA area under Annex VI.

 

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