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What are Special Areas?
As defined under the MARPOL Annexes I, IV and V, special areas are the sea areas where for recognised technical reasons in relation to its Oceanographic and Ecological and to the particular character of their sea traffic, the adoption of special mandatory methods for the prevention of pollution of the sea from ships by oil, sewage or garbage, as applicable, is required.
They are provided with higher level of protection than, any areas of the sea.
Special areas under MARPOL are as follows:
MARPOL Annex l: Oil
MARPOL Annex ll: Noxious Liquid Substances
MARPOL Annex III: Harmful Substances carried at Sea in Packaged Form
No Special Areas for MARPOL Annex III
MARPOL Annex lV: Sewage
MARPOL Annex V: Garbage
MARPOL Annex Vl: Air Pollution (Emission Control Areas)
* The Special Area requirement for these area have not taken effect because of lack of notifications from MARPOL Parties whose coastlines border the relevant Special Areas on the existence of adequate reception facilities (Regulations 38.6 of MARPOL Annex l and 5(4) of MARPOL Annex V).