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Amendments to MARPOL
1 January 2010:
October 2006 amendments to MARPOL revised Annex III - The revised MARPOL 
Annex III Regulations for the prevention of pollution by harmful substances carried by 
sea in packaged form. The Annex has been revised to harmonize the regulations with 
the criteria for defining marine pollutants which have been adopted by the UN Transport 
of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Sub-Committee, based on the United Nations Globally 
Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).  
1 July 2010:
October 2008 MARPOL amendments revised Annex VI
Amendments to the MARPOL Annex VI Regulations  and amendments to the NOx 
Technical Code 2008 were adopted  to reduce harmful emissions from ships even 
further. The principal amendments to Regulation 13 Nitrogen Oxides(NOx) and 
Regulation 14 Sulphur Oxides(SOx) and Particulate Matters are as follows: 
1. Outline of the amendments to Regulation 13 Nitrogen Oxides(NOx) 
1.1  For marine diesel engines (excluding engines to be used solely in case of 
emergency) with a power output of more than 130kW installed on ships constructed on 
or after 1 January 2000, or which undergo a major conversion on or after 1 January 
2000, the following regulations are to be applied in a 3 tier process. Tier II and Tier III 
are newly required in addition to the present requirements of Tier I as follows: 
(i) Tier I                                                                                                                                 
The following NOx emission limits are to be applied to all marine diesel engines 
installed on ships constructed on or after 1 January 2000 and prior to 1 January 
2011, or which undergo a major conversion on or after 1 January 2000 and prior 
to 1 January 2011.[Hereinafter, n = rated engine speed. (crankshaft revolution 
per minute)]  
                           1. 17.0 g/kWh: When n is less than 130 rpm.  
                           2. 45n(-0.2) g/kWh: When n is 130 or more but less than   
                           2000 rpm.  
           3. 9.8 g/kWh: When n is 2000 rpm or more. 
(ii) Tier II  
The following NOx emission limits are  to be applied to all marine diesel 
engines installed on ships constructed on or after 1 January 2011, or which 
undergo a major conversion on or after 1 January 2011.  
1. 14.4 g/kWh: When n is less than 130 rpm.  
2. 44 n(-0.23) g/kWh: When n is 130 or more but less than 2000.  
3. 7.7 g/kWh: When n is 2000 rpm or more.  
(iii) Tier III  2
When the ship is operating in Emission Control Areas for NOx (ECA for 
NOx), the following Tier III NOx emission limits are to be applied to all 
marine diesel engines installed on ships constructed on or after 1 January 
2016, or which undergo a major conversion on or after 1 January 2016.  
1. 3.4 g/kWh: When n is less than 130 rpm.  
2. 9 n(-0.2) g/kWh: When n is 130 or more but less than 2000.  
3. 2.0 g/kWh: When n is 2000 rpm or more.  
When the ship is operating outside of an ECA for NOx, Tier II regulations are to be 
applied. The ECA for NOx will be designated by IMO at a later date.  
1.2 Marine diesel engines installed on ships constructed prior to 1 January   
      2000 . 
Marine diesel engines with a power output of more than 5,000 kW and a per cylinder 
displacement at or above 90 litres installed ships constructed on or after 1 January 
1990 but prior to 1 January 2000 shall comply with the emission limits of Tier I using 
an Approved Method for the engine. The Approved Method shall be applied no later 
than the first renewal survey that occurs 12 months or more after the submission of 
an Approved Method that has been certified by an Administration to IMO. However, 
in cases where an Approved Method does not yet exist or is not yet commercially 
available, this regulation is omitted.  
Note: An Approved Method is a modification unit designed to make engines without 
NOx certification compliant with the Tier I regulations that has been approved by the 
Administration.  
1.3 Principal revised points of the NOx Technical Code 2008 are as follows:  
      (i) Addition of the regulation for NOx reduction system  
      (ii) Addition of the direct measurement and monitoring method for NOx  
      emission  
      (iii) Change of the criterion for selecting the Parent Engine of an Engine  
      Family / Engine Group  
      (iv) Simplification of NOx calculation formula  
      (v) Addition of the regulation for details of measurement method  
      1.4 Reg. 13 of MARPOL Annex VI, concerning Nitrogen Oxide (NOx),  
       requires that a record book of engine parameters is to be maintained    
       onboard.All changes relative to engine components and settings are to be     
      recorded in the record book as   required in accordance with 6.2.3.2 and      
     6.2.3.3 of  the NOx Technical Code. All adjustments, part replacements and   
      modifications that affect NOx emissions are to be described in the record  
       book chronologically.  
Further, it is clearly stated in 6.2.2.7 of NOx Technical Code 2008 which shall enter 
into force on 1 July 2010, that all part replacements, including ‘like-for-like’ 
replacements, are to be described in the record book. Accordingly owners and 
management companies are reminded that  whenever adjustments, part 
replacements (including ‘like-for-like’ replacements), or modifications affecting NOx 
emissions are carried out, those changes are to be described in the record book.  3
Additionally, although the NOx Technical File is required to be maintained onboard, 
there have been numerous reports of cases where the NOx Technical File has not 
been maintained onboard. Therefore, please  keep in mind that the NOx Technical 
File, as well as the record book of engine parameters, is to be maintained onboard 
along with EIAPP Certificate.  
2. Outline of the amendments to  Regulation 14 Sulphur Oxides(SOx)and 
Particulate Matters 
In addition to the requirements for Sulphur Oxides(SOx), requirements for Particulate 
Matters have been added. In order to control emission of Sulphur Oxides(SOx)and 
Particulate Matters, it is now required that the sulphur content of any fuel oil used 
onboard ships does not exceed the limits shown in the below table.  
Implementation Date  General 
Requirements  
Requirements within 
ECA for SOx*  
(Existing)  1.50 % m/m  
On and after 1 July 2010  
4.50 % m/m  
On and after 1 January 2012  
1.00 % m/m  
On and after 1 January 2015  
3.50 % m/m  
On and after 1 January 2020 *  0.50 % m/m  
0.10 % m/m  
Notes ___ * In addition to current SECA (SOx Emission Control Areas), ECA for 
SOx will be designated by IMO hereafter.  
** At 2018, if it is not possible for ships to comply with the requirement from 2020 as 
a result of a review about the global market supply and demand for fuel 
oil to comply with the requirement, the requirement shall become 
effective on 1 January 2025.  
The revised Annex VI will allow for an Emission Control Area to be designated for SOx and 
particulate matter, or NOx, or all three types of emissions from ships, subject to a proposal from 
a Party or Parties to the Annex, which would be considered for adoption by the Organization, if 
supported by a demonstrated need to prevent, reduce and control one or all three of those 
emissions from ships.  4
Amendments to SOLAS
1 January 2010:
International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code as amended by Resolution  
MSC.262(84) : Amendments to IMDG Code applies to all new and existing ships 
carrying IMDG Cargo.
Guidelines on the Enhanced Programme of inspections during surveys of Bulk 
carriers and Oil tankers (Resolution A.744(18)) as amended by Resolution 
MSC.261(84) : Amendments are applicable to all bulk carriers of 500GT or over. 
International Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft as amended by Resolution 
MSC.259(84) & Resolution MSC.259(84): Amendments to Chapter 8 in respect of Life 
Saving appliances and Chapter 14 in respect of Radio communications applies to all 
passenger crafts and Cargo Crafts of 500GT or over.
SOLAS Chapter III Regulations 6 & 26 and Chapter IV Regulation 7 as amended by 
Resolution MSC.256(84) in respect of Search and rescue locating devices shall be 
either a Radar transponder or AIS SART. Such search and rescue locating devices 
are required to confirm to applicable performance standards. The performance 
standards for survival craft radar transponders for use in search and rescue operations, 
should confirm to Resolution MSC.247(83) (A.802(19)), as amended) and the 
performance standards for survival craft AIS Search &  Rescue transmitter (AIS SART) 
should confirm to Resolution MSC.246(83). The amendments shall apply to all new and 
existing passenger ships and cargo ships of 500GT or over. 
SOLAS Chapter II-2 Regulation 20 as amended by Resolution MSC.256(84) in 
respect of Means to prevent the blockage of drainage arrangements for closed 
vehicles and ro-ro spaces and special category spaces : The amendments are 
applicable to all new and existing passenger ships and cargo ships of 500GT or over at 
the time of first survey after 1
st
 January 2010. 
SOLAS Chapter II-2 Regulation 20 as amended by Resolution MSC.256(84) in 
respect fixed carbon dioxide fire-extinguishing systems for the protection of machinery 
spaces and cargo pump-rooms on ships constructed before 1 July 2002 shall comply 
with the following requirements by the first scheduled dry-docking after 1 January 2010 
- 1 two separate controls shall be provided for releasing carbon dioxide into a protected 
space and to ensure the activation of the alarm. One control shall be used for opening 
the valve of the piping which conveys the gas into the protected space and a second 
control shall be used to discharge the gas from its storage containers; and  
- 2 the two controls shall be located inside a release box clearly identified for the 
particular space. If the box containing the controls is to be locked, a key to the box shall 
be in a break-glass-type enclosure conspicuously located adjacent to the box. 
It is possible that existing ships constructed before 1 July 2002 may have already 
complied with the above requirement; however Owners/ managers of the ships are 5
required to verify the arrangements on board the vessel and If the arrangements do not 
comply following action needs to be taken to ensure such vessels comply with the 
requirement by scheduled date  
Plan approval and Survey  
(1) Plan approval :  For the ships which are not complying with the requirements, 
plan for approval showing controls complying with Chapter 5 2.2.2 of the FSS 
code and Instruction manual for the controls (the panel which is installed near the 
controls) is to be submitted 
(2) Survey Examination of following needs to be carried out onboard in the presence 
of Class IRS Surveyor  
(i) testing of pipe line if the piping is added/modified 
(ii) performance test for controls/alarm systems 
SOLAS Chapter XI -1 amended by Resolution MSC.255(84) : A new Regulation 6 is 
added in respect of  (Additional requirements for the investigation of marine casualties 
and incidents) which makes Part I and Part II mandatory as per  the new Casualty 
Investigation Code ; Code of the international standards and recommended practices for 
a safety investigation into a marine casualty 
or marine incident. 
SOLAS Chapter II-1 Regulation 3-4 amended by Resolution MSC.256(84) : A new 
SOLAS regulation added to extend the existing Regulation regarding Emergency towing 
arrangements on tankers to ships other than tankers. As per the new requirement 
Emergency towing procedures shall be required on ships as per the schedule detailed 
below  
all passenger ships, not later than 1 January 2010; 
Cargo ships constructed on or after 1 January 2010; and 
Cargo ships constructed before 1 January 2010, not later than 1 January 2012. 
Emergency towing procedures may be prepared in accordance with Guidelines for 
owners/operators (MSC.1/Circ.1255). 
SOLAS Chapter II-1 Regulation 3-9 amended by Resolution MSC.256(84): 
- A new Regulation addedd which requires that approved means of 
embarkation/disembarkation for use in port and for port-related operations must be 
installed on ships constructed (having their keel laid) on or after 1 January 2010 in 
accordance with IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1331. 
-Accommodation ladders and gangways fitted on ships constructed before 1 January 
2010, which are replaced after that date must, in so far as is reasonable and 
practicable, also comply with MSC.1/Circ.1331. 
-The purpose and use of this “means of embarkation and disembarkation” are different 
from arrangements for pilot transfer. 6
- All wires used to support the means of embarkation and disembarkation must be maintained 
as specified in regulation III/20.4 for lifesaving launching appliances. This will require monthly 
inspections recorded in the log book and renewal when necessary due to deterioration of the 
falls or at intervals of not more than five years, whichever is earlier
-For all ships, the means of embarkation and disembarkation must be inspected and 
maintained in a suitable condition for their intended purpose and records maintained. 
- The Classification Societies/ Flag State Administration will carry out inspections as part of 
Cargo Ship Safety Equipment and Passenger Ship Safety surveys  
- A five-yearly operational load test will be required to be performed on all accommodation 
ladders, gangways and winches. This will be carried out in conjunction with the renewal survey 
for those ships on a harmonised five-year survey cycle. 
1 July  2010:
SOLAS Chapter II-2  in respect of sprinkler heads of windows with fire intigrity as 
amended by Resolutioin MSC.201 (81) 
Regulation 9.4.1.3.3 The amendments relate to  Containment of fire, so as to include a 
requirement for water-mist nozzles which should be tested and approved in accordance with the 
guidelines approved by the Organization; and 
Regulation 15 - Arrangements for oil fuel, lubricating oil and other flammable oils, new text 
relating to the application of the regulation to ships constructed on or after 1 February 1992 and 
on or after 1 July 1998.  
SOLAS Chapter III  Regulation 7.2.1 in respect of life saving appliances as 
amended by Resolution MSC.201 (81) . The amendments add a new requirement 
for infant lifejackets for passenger ships ( new and existing)
-For passenger ships on voyages of less than 24 hours, a number of infant lifejackets 
equal to at least 2.5% of the number of passengers on board is to be provided;  
- and for passenger ships on voyages of 24 hours or greater, infant lifejackets are to be 
provided for each infant on board.  
A further amendment which is applicable to all ships relates to the provision of 
lifejackets for larger persons  and states that, if the adult lifejackets provided are not 
designed to fit persons with a chest girth of up to 1,750 mm, a sufficient number of 
suitable accessories are to be available on board to allow them to be secured to such 
persons.  
SOLAS Chapter IV  Regulation 7,9,10  as amended by Resolution MSC.201 (81)
The amendments relate to the provision of radio equipment, in Regulation 7, to require ships to 
carry an EPIRB capable of transmitting a distress alert through the polar orbiting satellite service 
(COSPAS-SARSAT) operating in the 406 MHz band; and, in Regulations 9 and 10, to clarify 7
that the means of initiating ship-to-shore distress alerts may be through the Inmarsat 
geostationary satellite service by a ship earth station. 
SOLAS Chapter V  Regulation 7.2.1 as amended by Resolution MSC.201 (81) in 
respect of new paragraph to Regulation 22 - Navigation bridge visibility to allow ballast 
water exchange at sea, provided that the master has determined that it is safe to do so 
and takes into consideration any increased blind sectors or reduced horizontal fields of 
vision resulting from the operation to ensure that a proper lookout is maintained at all 
times. The operation should be conducted in accordance with the ship's ballast water 
management plan, taking into account the recommendations on ballast water exchange. 
The commencement and termination of the operation should be recorded in the ship's 
record of navigational activities. 
SOLAS Chapter II-1in respect of undermentioned Regulations as  amended by 
Resolution MSC.216 (82) – Applicable to all new passenger ships constructed on 
or after 1st July 2010 
Regulation 41.6 in respect of supplementary lighting to be provided in all cabins to 
clearly indicate the exit so that occupants will be able to find their way to the door. Such 
lighting, which may be connected to an emergency source of power or have a selfcontained source of electrical power in each cabin, shall automatically illuminate when 
power to the normal cabin lighting is lost and remain on for a minimum of 30 min 
Regulation 55 & Regulation 38 of Chapter III  in respect of methodology for alternative 
design and arrangements for machinery and electrical installations.  
SOLAS Chapter II-2 in respect of undermentioned Regulations as  amended by 
Resolution MSC.216 (82) – Applicable to all new passenger ships constructed on 
or after 1st July 2010 
Regulation 23 which requires that a Safety Centre which is a control station dedicated 
to the management of emergency situations be established. The safety centre shall 
either be a part of the navigation bridge or be located in a separate space adjacent to 
and having direct access to the navigation bridge, so that the management of 
emergencies can be performed without distracting watch officers from their navigational 
duties.
SOLAS Chapter II-1 Regulation 2.5, International Convention of Load lines  
amended by Resolution MSC.267 (85), MSC.269 (85) & MSC.270 (85) Amendments 
to the SOLAS Convention and to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol to make mandatory the 
International Code on Intact Stability, 2008 (2008 IS Code).  
to all new ships of 24m or over. 
The 2008 IS Code provides, in a single document, both mandatory requirements and 
recommended provisions relating to intact stability, taking into account technical 
developments, in particular regarding the dynamic stability phenomena in waves, based 
on state-of-the-art concepts. The Code's mandatory status, under both the SOLAS 
Convention and the 1988 Load Lines Protocol, will significantly influence the design and 
the overall safety of ships.8
SOLAS Chapter II-2 Regulation 9 amended by Resolution MSC.269 (85): which 
provides installation requirements for dors approved without the sill being part of the 
frame. This  Regulation applies to new and existing passenger ships and cargo ships of 
500GT or over for doors installed after 1
st
 July 2010.
-Doors approved as .A. class without the sill being part of the frame shall be installed 
such that the gap under the door does not exceed 12 mm and a non-combustible sill 
shall be installed under the door such that floor coverings do not extend beneath the 
closed door.  
-Doors approved as .B. class without the sill being part of the frame shall be installed 
such that the gap under the door does not exceed 25 mm.
SOLAS Chapter II-2 Regulation 9 amended by Resolution MSC.269 (85): which 
requires that ventilation ducts on all new passenger ships and cargo ships of 500 GT or 
over to be made of heat resisting non-combustible material.
SOLAS Chapter II-2 Regulation 10 amended by Resolution MSC.269 (85): which 
requires Passenger ships carrying more than 36 passengers constructed on or after 1 
July 2010 to  be fitted with a suitably located means for fully recharging breathing air 
cylinders, free from contamination. The means for recharging shall be either: 
- breathing air compressors supplied from the main and emergency 
switchboard, or independently driven, with a minimum capacity of 60 l/min 
per required breathing apparatus, not to exceed 420 l/min; or 
- self-contained high-pressure storage systems of suitable pressure to recharge 
the breathing apparatus used on board, with a capacity of at least 1,200 l per 
required breathing apparatus, not to exceed 50,000 l of free air. 
Amendments to LSA Code
1 July 2010:
Chapter II of LSA Code as amended by Resolution MSC.207 (81)  The amendments 
include the requirement that all life saving appliances should withstand in stowage an 
air temperature range of 30°C to +65°C and personal life-saving appliances should 
remain operational throughout an air temperature range of -15°C to +40°C. The colour 
of life-saving appliances is now specified to be "of international or vivid reddish orange, 
or a comparably highly visible colour on all parts where this will assist detection at sea". 
The existing section 2.2 on General requirements for lifejackets is revised and replaced. 
Further amendments relate to specifications for immersion suits and anti-exposure 
suits.  
Chapter IV & V of LSA Code as amended by Resolution MSC.272 (85). The 
amendments are to be implemented w.e.f 1st July 2010 for all passenger ships 
and cargo ship of 500GRT or over. The amendments relates to  9
General requirements for lifeboats wherein the weight of a person to be taken as 
75 Kg  for a lifeboat intended for a passenger ship  and  82.5 kg  for a lifeboat intended 
for a cargo ship  
Carrying capacity of a free-fall lifeboat have been amended  
In case of all Rescue Boats an average mass of person to be taken as 82.5 kg. 
Amendments to FSS Code
1 July 2010:
Chapter 5 of FSS Code as amended by Resolution MSC.206 (81) The amendments 
replace the text of Chapter 5 Fixed gas fire-extinguishing systems with a revised text.  
Amendments to ISM Code
1 July 2010
Section 1,5,7,8,9,10,12,13 & 14 amended vide Resolution MSC 273(85)  
1. The Resolution MSC.273(85) relating to amendments to the International Safety 
Management Code (ISM) Code) for the safe operation of ships and for pollution 
prevention, adopted at IMO MSC85 which will enter into force on 1
st
 July 2010.  
Section 1  
-Definition of Major Non conformity has been changed which is now a restrictive 
definition in the revised paragraph 1.1.10. 
-  Assessment of all identified risks has been added in the Objectives as introduced in 
the revised paragraph 1.2.2.2. 
Section 5   
Master’s to now undertake periodically, review of the SMS as earlier Master’s were only 
required to review the SMS with no periodic requirement refer revised paragraph 5.1.5.  
Section 8  
Companies are now required to identify equipment and technical systems for which 
sudden operational failure may result in hazardous situation and to establish procedures 
to respond to them ; however previously companies were only required to establish a 
procedure as introduced in the revised paragraph 8.1. 
Section 9  
The companies are now to establish procedures for implementing corrective and 
preventive actions as earlier only procedures for corrective actions were required as 
introduced in the revised paragraph 9.2  10
Section 10  
- In paragraph 10.3, the words "establish procedures in its safety management system 
to" are deleted 
-  
Section 12 
-Requirement that the Company should carry out internal safety audits on board and 
ashore at intervals not exceeding 12 months (may be exceeded by not more than 3 
months in exceptional circumstances) has been introduced in the revised paragraph 
12.1. 
- Companies are now required to assess the effectiveness of the SMS rather than 
efficiency as introduced in the revised paragraph 12.2 
Section 13 
- Provision that when the renewal verification is completed after the expiry date of the 
existing Safety Management Certificate, the new Safety Management Certificate should 
be valid from the date of completion of the renewal verification to a date not exceeding 
five years from the date of expiry of the existing Safety Management Certificate has 
been introduced into the new paragraph 13.12 resulting in change of the Full term 
Safety Management Certificate. 
- Provision that if a ship at the time when a Safety Management Certificate expires is 
not in a port in which it is to be verified, the Administration may extend the period of 
validity of the Safety Management Certificate not exceeding three months only for the 
purpose of allowing the ship to complete its voyage to the port in which it is to be 
verified has been introduced into the new paragraph 13.14 resulting in change of the 
Full term Safety Management Certificate. 
Section 14 
- In paragraph 14.4.3, the word "internal" is inserted after the words planned the
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