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Law No. 16 of 2004 on the Protection of the Marine Environment from Pollution.

Type of law

The purpose of this Law is to prevent sea water pollution. The Law consists of 51 articles divided into 7 Sections: Naming and Definitions (I); Prevent sea water pollution (II); Recording, reporting and conditions of guarantee (III); Management and implementation (IV); Civil Liability for costs and damages (V); Penalties (VI); General and Final Provisions (VII). Art.3 establishes that is forbidden for any person or vessel or aircraft or transfer oil vehicle to discharge any contaminated materials in a pollution-free zone. Each day of such continuous discharge shall be treated as a separate violation.
Section III establishes all monitoring procedures that each ship has to follow in the course of its operations. The name of the vessel, its number, load tank capacity and oil onboard shall be recorded in an oil log book. The log book will record the date, kind of items and geographical position of the vessel at the time of carrying out specified operations (art.6).
In particular, Section IV deals with powers and competences of the General Authority for Maritime Affairs and the pollution control officers in case of violations or accidents to the vessels, landing points or equipment for the transport of potentially polluting materials.
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Entry into force notes
The Law enters into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.
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Original title
(16) 2004