USCG to begin accepting ERBs
Amendments to MARPOL 73/78 permitting vessels to electronically record discharges, transfers, and other reportable operations required under Annexes I, II, V and VI in Electronic Record Books (ERB) entered into force on 1 October 2020. The US Coast Guard has issued a bulletin advising that Coast Guard Port State Control Officers (PSCO) and Marine Inspectors will begin examining ERBs in a similar manner as written record books. Members are reminded that they should be prepared to provide the PSCO with a copy of the “Declaration of Marpol Electronic Record Book” issued by the Flag Administration confirming that the electronic system in use meets the criteria provided in IMO Resolution MEPC.312(74).
Please refer to the UK P&I Club’s “Guidelines for use of MARPOL Electronic Record Books (“ERBs”)”.
Legal Services Manager
You may also be interested in:
Guidelines to support the use of ERBs were adopted by the Committee.
Following concerns raised about the environmental impact of permissible discharges from tankers carrying Noxious Liquid Substances (NLS), MEPC 74 in May 2019 adopted by way of IMO Resolution MEPC.315(74), amendments to MARPOL Annex II to strengthen discharge requirements for cargo residues and tank washings from such vessels.
The Club’s correspondents for Ghana has highlighted the recent increase in MARPOL fines levied against vessels calling in Ghana's ports (Takoradi and Tema), particularly with relation to the discharge of sewage.