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Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 42 of 2019).

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These Regulations implement Annex I (Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Oil) of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 ( the MARPOL Convention ).
Part 1 contains an ambulatory reference provision. Part 2 provides for the survey and certification of ships, and requires such vessels to be provided with an Oil Record Book. Part 3 prohibits the discharge into the sea of oil from certain ships other than in prescribed circumstances. Part 4 prescribes requirements as to the construction, provision of equipment and operation of the machinery space, which ships must satisfy, and Part 5 makes similar provision in respect of the cargo areas of oil tankers. Part 6 specifies the requirements, which apply to offshore installations, and Part 7 requires oil tankers of 150 GT and above, and other ships of 400 GT and above, to carry a Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan approved by the Secretary of State. Part 8 applies to ships operating in Polar waters (the Arctic waters and Antarctic area) and requires compliance with prescribed provisions in the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code). Part 9 makes provision in relation to powers of inspection and detention of ships. Provision is also made for jurisdiction over offences committed outside United Kingdom waters and for suspension of proceedings at the request of a flag State.
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Amends also the Merchant Shipping (Implementation of Ship-Source Pollution Directive) Regulations 2009.
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