List of Special Areas Under MARPOL

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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

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MARPOL Annex ll: Noxious Liquid Substances

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MARPOL Annex III: Harmful Substances carried at Sea in Packaged Form

No Special Areas for MARPOL Annex III

MARPOL Annex lV: Sewage

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MARPOL Annex V: Garbage

MARPOL Annex Vl: Air Pollution (Emission Control Areas)

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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).

**  The new special area requirements, which entered into force on 1 January 2013, will only take effect upon receipt of sufficient notifications on the existence of adequate reception facilities from Parties to MARPOL Annex IV whose coastlines border the relevant special area (regulation 13.2 of the revised MARPOL Annex IV, which was adopted by Resolution MEPC.200(62) and which entered into force on 1 January 2013).
 
***  A ship constructed on or after 1 January 2016 and is operating in these emission control areas shall comply with NOx Tier III standards set forth in Regulation 13.5 of MARPOL Annex VI.
 
**** A ship constructed on or after 1 January 2021 and is operating in these emission control areas shall comply with NOX Tier III standards set forth in Regulation 13.5 of MARPOL Annex VI.

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