You are required to comply with this Marine Order if you intend to operate a regulated Australian vessel for commercial or recreational use, or a foreign vessel within Australian waters.
This Order gives effect the International Marine Pollution (MARPOL) Annex IV, which outlines the requirements for ships regarding the prevention of marine pollution by sewage, including the standards for the installation and maintenance of sewage treatment and discharge systems and equipment. Under the Order sewage means:
- drainage and other wastes from any form of toilets and urinals
- drainage from medical premises (dispensary, sick bay, etc.) via wash basins, wash tubs and scuppers located in such premises
- drainage from spaces containing living animals
- other waste waters when mixed with the drainages defined above.
Specified vessels are required to have an International Sewage Prevention Certificate (ISPP) issued by the agency or another relevant organisation. The conditions for the issue of an ISPP certificate are outlined in the Order. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.
If you are carrying solid bulk cargoes which are harmful to the marine environment, you will have to classify and declare. The criteria for determining the classification of the cargoes has been inserted into Appendix I to Annex V of MARPOL
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.