Marine plastic litter

Marine plastic litter

Overview

BIMCO's position on "marine plastic litter " has been approved by the BIMCO Board of Directors.

Background

Annex V of the MARPOL Convention, which entered into force on 31 December 1988, prohibits ships from discharging different forms of garbage including plastic litter into the sea. However, there is an increasing amount of plastic in the sea and recent studies have shown that some of this stems from ships.

In accordance with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14), IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in 2018 adopted an action plan to address marine plastic litter from ships. The plan aims to enhance existing regulations and introduce new supporting measures to reduce marine plastic litter from ships. The IMO action plan will be completed by 2025.

In December 2019, BIMCO’s Board of Directors decided to start a campaign leading to a possible ban on plastic water bottles carried on board.

BIMCO’s position

  • BIMCO supports IMO’s initiative to reduce marine plastic litter from ships and will work to ensure that the entire process from handling plastic waste onboard a ship to its disposal ashore is managed in a sustainable manner.
    • BIMCO supports phasing out single use plastic bottles when replaced by eg fully biodegradable water bottles or onboard systems that provide safe and good quality potable water.
  • BIMCO will initiate a project to find possible ways in which to reduce or reuse plastics utilized for lashing and other work-related procedures.
  • BIMCO will collaborate with authorities on issuing guidelines to ships on how to reduce the use of single use plastic.

 

Rasmus Nord Jorgensen
in Copenhagen, DK

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