List of Special Areas Under MARPOL


List of Special Areas under MARPOL is published under MEPC.1/Circ.778 dated 26 January 2012. The MARPOL Convention defines certain sea areas as “Special Areas” in which, for technical reasons relating to their oceanographical and ecological condition and to their sea traffic, the adoption of special mandatory methods for the prevention of sea pollution is required. Under the Convention, these Special Areas are provided with a higher level of protection than other sea areas. They are designated by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) by amendments to the relevant MARPOL Annexes. There are such areas under MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV, and V. Under MARPOL Annex VI, such areas are called Emission Control Areas.