January 5, 2017

There have been some recent changes to the Spanish regulations which deal with Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution (MARPOL). These changes deal with the information required about the exact kind and amount of waste generated. This information is important in order that the storage capacity for waste on board each ship can be accurately calculated. This information would also help to improve the efficiency of inspections carried out in Spanish ports.

Among the changes introduced there is a reclassification of solid wastes that were previously classified as organic, plastic, metallic and others; there are now further detailed categories, for example: food wastes, domestic wastes (like paper, glass, metals, bottles, crockery, cloths), kitchen oil, incinerator ashes, exploitation wastes and dead animals bodies. Before, dirty water was included within the category of liquid harmful substances, and now this dirty water is included in the cargo residues category.

The new regulations came into force in December 2016 and Members are advised to check with their local agents or correspondents for precise details of the reclassification of waste in order to comply with these revised Spanish regulations.