Amendments to Marpol

Amendments to Marpol

U.S. Implementation of Amendments to Marpol Annex V in 2013 (Continuation)

United States views on international law [1] in relation to U.S. Implementation of Amendments to Marpol Annex v: Additionally, the original APPS regulations in 33 CFR parts 151, 155, and 158 were implemented through a full informal rulemaking process, including an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) (53 FR 23884, June 24, 1988), an Interim Rule (IR) with Request for Comments (54 FR 18384, April 28, 1989), and a Final Rule (55 FR 35986, September 4, 1990).

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IV. Basis and Purpose

… The subject of this rulemaking, MARPOL Annex V, regulates the discharge of garbage from ships. APPS implements MARPOL into domestic law, requiring the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating to administer and enforce the various Annexes of MARPOL. Through APPS, the United States accepts any modifications or amendments to MARPOL as domestic law (33 U.S.C. 1901(a)(5), see also section 1907(a) (requiring compliance with MARPOL)). In July 2011, the IMO MEPC adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex V which entered into force January 1, 2013.


MARPOL applies to the oceangoing vessels of all signatory flag administrations. Domestically, APPS requires all vessels subject to MARPOL to be in compliance with its provisions while in U.S. navigable waters. APPS goes further and specifically applies the provisions of Annex V to U.S. navigable waters as well as all other waters and vessels over which the United States has jurisdiction, including U.S. vessels in U.S. internal waters (33 U.S.C. 1901(b)).


Because APPS implements MARPOL and any modifications or amendments thereto, regulations are not required in order to carry out the provisions of MARPOL on signatory flag state vessels in U.S. waters. MARPOL, however, requires signatory states to apply the requirements equally to all vessels so no more favorable treatment is given to non-signatory vessels (MARPOL, Article 5(4)). Under MARPOL, as implemented by APPS, federal regulations must be promulgated to ensure compliance of non-signatory vessels to MARPOL standards while in U.S. navigable waters. This rulemaking meets this U.S. obligation under MARPOL as implemented by APPS and revises 33 CFR part 151 accordingly.


V. Discussion of the Interim Rule MARPOL provisions, as implemented through APPS, are key elements of the Coast Guard's prevention and compliance programs. The domestic Annex V conforming regulations are located in 33 CFR part 151.



  1. U.s. Implementation of Amendments to Marpol Annex v in the Digest of United States Practice in International Law


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