MARPOL Annex V - Bulk Cargo Hold Wash Water Discharge and Cargo Declarations

August 2013

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As of 1st January 2013, amendments to MARPOL Annex V mean that shippers have new responsibilities regarding cargo classification and how it affects the ability of the crew to discharge hold wash water into the marine environment. From this date shippers will need to consider whether or not the cargo residues present in the water are harmful to the marine environment (HME). This paper sets out the requirements as well as the concept and process of classification of cargoes as HME.

ITOPF have prepared a helpful advisory note on the subject which can be found on their website at: