Further to Bulletin 863 and checklist “How to Comply with MARPOL Annex V”, the Club has been advised that at a recent meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee at IMO there maybe some relaxation in respect of the discharge of Hold Water Washings (HWW) containing residues harmful to the marine environment (HME).
At present these cannot be discharged anywhere at sea only into port reception facilities. We understand due to the lack of these facilities this rule is being relaxed until 31st December 2015.
We understand HWW from holds previously containing HME may be discharged outside Special Areas, providing:
The Club is awaiting an official circular from the IMO to confirm this and will circulate it once received.
Source of Information:
Loss Prevention Department