Port Infrastructure and Shipping Industry – Sagarmala Project, SDC, CEZ, etc.

International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: MARPOL

Mains level: Maritime pollution control and its international mechanism

The Ministry of Shipping has informed about the steps taken for prevention and control of pollution arising from ships in the sea and in the inland waterways under the MARPOL Convention.

Aspirants must note the following things:

1. If the convention is a subsidiary to the United Nations/IMO,

2. Whether it is Legally binding?

3. If India is a signatory or not …..

MARPOL Convention

  • MARPOL is the main international convention aimed at the prevention of pollution from ships caused by operational or accidental causes.
  • The Protocol of 1978 was adopted in response to a number of tanker accidents in 1976–1977.
  • It is one of the most important international marine environmental conventions.
  • It was developed by the IMO with an objective to minimize pollution of the oceans and seas, including dumping, oil and air pollution.
  • The Convention includes regulations aimed at preventing and minimizing pollution from ships – both accidental pollution and that from routine operations – and currently includes six technical Annexes.
  • India is a signatory to MARPOL.
  • It has six annexes (I to VI) and it deals with prevention of (1) Pollution from ships by Oil, (2) Noxious liquid substances, (3) Dangerous goods in packaged form, (4) Sewage, (5) Garbage and (6) Air pollution from ships respectively.

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