Category: Operating & Environmental Standards

Amendments to MARPOL 73/78 accepting electronic record books

On October 1, 2020, amendments to MARPOL 73/78 entered into force permitting vessels to electronically record discharges, transfers, and other reportable operations required under Annexes I, II, V and VI in Electronic Record Books (ERB); see IMO Resolution MEPC.314(74). Coast Guard Port State Control Officers (PSCO) and Marine Inspectors will begin examining ERBs in a similar manner as written record books.

End of Reporting for Bulk Dry Cargo Residue Discharges into U.S. waters of the Great Lakes

The Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES) would like to clarify for the maritime community the February 28, 2015, sunset provision in Title 33 CFR 151.66. Vessel owners and operators are no longer required to submit to the Coast Guard quarterly reports of their discharges of bulk dry cargo residues into U.S. waters of the Great Lakes, or to use the official Form CG-33.