A key element of the MARPOL regulations is the requirement to record discharges of shipboard substances and materials which could cause pollution to the environment.
The IMO is working to adopt new garbage record book requirements for ships of 100 gross tonnage and above. Once adopted, these ships will be required to maintain a garbage record book in addition to a garbage management plan. These new requirements are expected to commence in May 2024.
Garbage record books are currently only required for vessels of 400 gross tonnage and above, and vessels certified to carry 15 or more people engaged in international voyages.
Keep checking the AMSA website for updates on garbage record book requirements.