MARPOL Annex V – Extension of Garbage Record Book Requirements

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has introduced new amendments to MARPOL Annex V, which will come into force on May 1, 2024. These amendments expand the scope of the Garbage Record Book requirement, impacting shipowners, ship operators, ship managers, and ship masters.

Key Changes


  • Previously, the Garbage Record Book was mandatory for ships of 400 gross tonnage and above.
  • With the new amendments, this requirement now applies to ships of 100 gross tonnage and above

    Regulation 10.3 Amendment:

    • Every ship meeting the criteria below must be provided with a Garbage Record Book:
    • 100 gross tonnage and above
      1. Certified to carry 15 or more persons
      2. Engaged in voyages to ports or offshore terminals under the jurisdiction of another Party to the Convention
      3. Fixed or floating platforms
    • The Garbage Record Book can be part of the ship’s official logbook or an electronic record book approved by the Administration.
    • The specified format is outlined in Appendix II to MARPOL Annex V.

    Discharge and Accidental Loss Reporting:

    Regulation 10.3.6 now states that for ships of less than 100 gross tonnage, an entry regarding any discharge or accidental loss of garbage shall be made in the ship’s official logbook.

    Additional Requirements for Arctic Waters:

    The amendments also address garbage reception facilities for ports within Arctic waters.

    Action Steps for Shipowners and Operators


    • Shipowners and operators must ensure that the Garbage Record Book requirement is duly implemented onboard affected ships.
    • Compliance with the revised regulations is crucial to avoid penalties and maintain environmental stewardship.

    Updated Resources:

    Marine Survejor Consultant has updated the Garbage Management Plan template, and Guidance for shipowners and operators.

    Guidelines for Electronic Record Books:

    Refer to the Guidelines for the use of electronic record books under MARPOL for further details.


    As the maritime industry continues to prioritize environmental protection, adherence to the revised MARPOL Annex V regulations is essential. Shipowners and operators should promptly update their procedures and records to comply with the extended Garbage Record Book requirements.

    Remember that these changes are critical for maintaining sustainable practices and safeguarding our oceans. Let’s work together to keep our seas clean and protect marine life!

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