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Marine Plastic Litter

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Most of the marine plastic litter comes from people on shore, but there is still some which comes from ships. Garbage from ships can be as deadly to marine life as oil. One of the greatest dangers comes from plastic, which can float for hundreds of years. Fish and marine mammals can mistake the plastic for food or become trapped in various plastic items.

In 1998 MARPOL Annex V came into force, with 150 countries having signed up to it. MARPOL Annex V prohibits the discharge of all garbage into the sea, regardless of what type of vessel it may be. 

MARPOL Annex V requires Governments to ensure ports and terminals have the capacity and infrastructure for vessels to discharge their waste in accordance with MARPOL.

The Chamber and its members have a goal of zero pollution from ship to sea from plastic and are committed to continuously minimising the generation of shipborne garbage.

The Chamber has with the help of several member companies, produced a guidance document entitled “Best Practice on Combating Single-Use Plastic in Shipping”. This guidance showcases several initiatives to replace the use of non-essential single-use plastic by more environmentally friendly solutions.  In the Best Practice Document, it is possible to gain a deeper understanding of ways in which ships can change their habits to reduce the amount of waste they are creating.