Index of MEPC Resolutions and Guidelines related to MARPOL Annex VI

Index Content of Resolutions and Guidelines

Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI and the NOx Technical Code

Resolution Title Date of entry into force
MEPC.324(75)
Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(Procedures for sampling and verification of the sulphur content of fuel oil and the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI))
1 April 2022
MEPC.317(74)
Amendments to the NOx Technical Code 2008
(Electronic Record Books and Certification requirements for SCR systems)
1 October 2020
MEPC.316(74)
Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(Electronic Record Books and EEDI regulations for ice-strengthened ships)
1 October 2020
MEPC.305(73)
Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(Prohibition on the Carriage of Non-Compliant Fuel Oil for Combustion Purposes for Propulsion or Operation on board a ship)
1 March 2020
MEPC.301(72)

Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(ECAs and required EEDI for ro-ro cargo ships and ro-ro passenger ships)
1 September 2019
MEPC.286(71) Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(Designation of the Baltic Sea and the North Sea Emission Control Areas for NOX Tier III control)
(Information to be included in the bunker delivery note)
1 January 2019
MEPC.278(70) Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(Data collection system for fuel oil consumption of ships)
1 March 2018
MEPC.271(69) Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(Amendments to regulation 13 of MARPOL Annex VI – Record requirements for operational compliance with NOx Tier III emission control areas)
1 September 2017
MEPC.272(69) Amendments to the NOx Technical Code 2008
(Testing of gas-fuelled and dual fuel engines)
1 September 2017
MEPC.258(67) Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(Amendments to regulations 2 and 13 and the Supplement to the IAPP Certificate)
1 March 2016
MEPC.251(66) and its Corrigendum Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI and the NOx Technical Code 2008
(Amendments to regulations 2, 13, 19, 20 and 21 and the Supplement to the IAPP Certificate under MARPOL Annex VI and certification of dual-fuel engines under the NOx Technical Code 2008)
1 September 2015
MEPC.247(66) Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(To make the use of the III Code mandatory)
1 January 2016
MEPC.217(63)
Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI and the NOx Technical Code 2008
(Regional arrangements for port reception facilities under MARPOL Annex VI and Certification of marine diesel engines fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction systems under the NOx Technical Code 2008)
1 August 2013
MEPC.203(62)
Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(Inclusion of regulations on energy efficiency for ships in MARPOL Annex VI)
1 January 2013
MEPC.202(62)
and its Corrigendum
Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(Designation of the United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area and exemption of certain ships operating in the North American Emission Control Area and the United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area under regulations 13 and 14 and Appendix VII of MARPOL Annex VI)
1 January 2013
MEPC.194(61)
Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(Revised form of Supplement to the IAPP Certificate)
1 February 2012
MEPC.190(60) Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
(North American Emission Control Area)
1 August 2011
MEPC.177(58) Amendments to the technical code on control of emission of nitrogen oxides from marine diesel engines
(NOx Technical Code 2008)
1 July 2010
MEPC.176(58) Amendments to the Annex of the Protocol of 1997 to amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating there to
(Revised MARPOL Annex VI)
1 July 2010

Unified Interpretations to MARPOL Annex VI and the NOx Technical Code 2008

MEPC Circular Title Status
MEPC.1/Circ.795/Rev.4
Unified Interpretations to MARPOL Annex VI MEPC 74/18, paragraph 5.60
MEPC.1/Circ.865Unified Interpretations of the NOx Technical Code 2008 related to the Approval Of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) Systems
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  MEPC 70/18, paragraph 5.17

Guidelines related to Air Pollution prevention from ships

Resolution / Circular Title Status Relevant regulation in MARPOL Annex VI
MEPC.1/Circ.883 Guidance on indication of ongoing compliance in the case of the failure of a single monitoring instrument, and recommended actions to take if the Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) fails to meet the provisions of the 2015 EGCS Guidelines (resolution MEPC.259(68)) Regulation 4.3
MEPC.259(68)
and its corrigendum
2015 Guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning systems Supersedes
MEPC.184(59)
Regulation 4.3
MEPC.307(73) 2018 Guidelines for the Discharge of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Bleed-Off Water
MEPC.1/Circ.881
Guidance for port State control on contingency measures for addressing non-compliant fuel oil Regulations 10 and 11
MEPC.321(74)
2019 Guidelines for port State control under MARPOL Annex VI Chapter 3
Revokes
MEPC.181(59)
Regulations 10 and 11
MEPC.291(71)  2017 Guidelines addressing additional aspects to the NOx technical code 2008 with regard to particular requirements related to marine diesel engines fitted with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems Supersedes
MEPC.198(62)
and MEPC.260(68)
Regulation 13
MEPC.1/Circ.854 Guidance on the application of regulation 13 of MARPOL Annex VI Tier III requirements to dual fuel and gas-fuelled engines   Regulation 13
MEPC.230(65) 2013 Guidelines as required by regulation 13.2.2 of MARPOL Annex VI in respect of non-identical replacement engines not required to meet the tier III limit   Regulation 13.2.2
MEPC.243(66) 2014 Guidelines on the approved method process   Regulation 13.7.1
MEPC.242(66) 2014 Guidelines in respect of the information to be submitted by an Administration to the organization covering the certification of an approved method as required under regulation 13.7.1 of MARPOL Annex VI   Regulation 13.7.1
MEPC.1/Circ.678 Definitions for the cost effectiveness formula in regulation 13.7.5 of the revised MARPOL Annex VI  
Regulation 13.7.5
MEPC.320(74)
2019 Guidelines for consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI
Regulation 14
MEPC.1/Circ.864/Rev.1 2019 Guidelines for onboard sampling for the Verification of the sulphur content of the fuel oil used on board ships  Revokes MEPC.1/Circ.864
Regulations 14 and 18
MEPC.1-Circ.889
2020 Guidelines for on board sampling of fuel oil intended to be used or carried for use on board a ship

Regulations 14 and 18
MEPC.280(70)
Effective date of implementation of the fuel oil standard in regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI  
Regulations 14.1.3 and 14.10
MEPC.326(75)
2020 Guidelines for monitoring the worldwide average sulphur content of fuel oils supplied for use on board ships
Revokes MEPC.192(61)
Regulation 14.2
(MEPC.273(69)) Amendments to the 2010 Guidelines for monitoring the worldwide average sulphur content of fuel oils supplied for use on board ships
(Consolidated text:  MEPC.1/Circ.862)

Regulation 14.2
MEPC.1/Circ.509 Notification to the Organization on ports or terminals where volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions are to be regulated   Regulation 15.1
MEPC.185(59) Guidelines for the development of a VOC management plan   Regulation 15.6
MEPC.1/Circ.680 Technical information on systems and operation to assist development of VOC management plans for tankers carrying crude oil   Regulation 15.6
MEPC.1/Circ.719 Technical information on a vapour pressure control system in order to facilitate the development and the update of VOC management plans   Regulation 15.6
MEPC.244(66) 2014 Standard specification for shipboard incinerators
Supersedes
MEPC.76(40) and
MEPC.93(45)
Regulation 16.6.1
MEPC.199(62) 2011 Guidelines for reception facilities under MARPOL Annex VI   Regulation 17
MEPC.221(63) 2012 Guidelines for the development of a regional reception facilities plan   Regulation 17.2
MEPC.1/Circ.884
Guidance for best practice for Member State/coastal State Regulation 18
MEPC.1/Circ.875 Guidance on best practice for fuel oil purchasers/users for assuring the quality of fuel oil used on board ships Regulation 18
MEPC.1/Circ.880
Reporting of availability of compliant fuel oils in accordance with regulation 18.1 Of MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 18.1
MSC-MEPC.5/Circ.15
Delivery of commpliant fuel oil by suppliers
Regulations 14 and 18
MEPC.1/Circ.875/Add.1 Guidance on best practice for fuel oil suppliers for assuring the quality of fuel oil delivered to ships Regulation 14
MEPC.182(59) 2009 Guidelines for the sampling of fuel oil for determination of compliance with the revised MARPOL Annex VI Revokes
MEPC.96(47)
Regulation 18.8.1
MEPC.1/Circ.882
Early application of the verification procedures for a MARPOL Annex VI fuel oil sample (regulation 18.8.2 or regulation 14.8) Regulation 18.8.2
MEPC.1/Circ.849 Guidance on the supplement to the IAPP Certificate   Appendix I
MEPC.128(53) Amendments to the revised survey guidelines under the harmonized system of survey and certification (Resolution A.948(23)) for the purpose of MARPOL Annex VI   ---
MEPC.1/Circ.878 Guidance on the development of a ship implementation plan for the consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI Regulations 14 and 18

Guidelines related to Energy Efficiency of ships

Resolution / Circular Title Status Relevant regulation in MARPOL Annex VI
MEPC.254(67) 
and its amendments
(MEPC.261(68)) MEPC.309(73)
2014 Guidelines on survey and certification of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI)
Amendments to the 2014 Guidelines on Survey and Certification of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) (Consolidated text : MEPC.1/Circ.855/Rev.2)
Revokes
MEPC.214(63)
and MEPC.234(65)
Regulation 5
MEPC.1/Circ.876Sample format for the confirmation of compliance pursuant to regulation 5.4.5 of MARPOL Annex VIRegulation 5.4.5
MEPC.308(73) 2018 Guidelines on the Method of Calculation of the Attained Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships Supersedes MEPC.245(66)
and its amendments
Regulation 20.2
MEPC.1/Circ.8152013 Guidance on treatment of innovative energy efficiency technologies for calculation and verification of the attained EEDI Regulation 20
MEPC.1/Circ.796Interim Guidelines for the calculation of the coefficient fw for decrease in ship speed in a representative sea condition for trial use Regulation 20
MEPC.233(65)2013 guidelines for calculation of reference lines for use with the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for cruise passenger ships having non-conventional propulsion Regulation 21
MEPC.231(65)2013 Guidelines for calculation of reference lines for use with the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI)
Revokes MEPC.215(63) Regulation 21
MEPC.232(65)
and its amendments (MEPC.255(67)
and
MEPC.262(68))
2013 Interim guidelines for determining minimum propulsion power to maintain the manoeuvrability of ships in adverse conditions
(Consolidated text: (MEPC.1/Circ.850/Rev.2)
 Regulation 21.5
MEPC.282(70)2016 Guidelines for the development of a ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP) Supersedes
MEPC.213(63)
Regulation 22
Circular Letter No.3827Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) - IMO Ship Fuel Oil Consumption Database ModuleRegulation 22A
MEPC.292(71)2017 Guidelines for Administration verification of ship fuel oil consumption dataRegulation 22A.7
MEPC.293(71)2017 Guidelines for the development and management of the IMO Ship Fuel Oil Consumption DatabaseRegulation 22A.12
MEPC.1/Circ.871Submission of data to the IMO data collection system of fuel oil consumption of ships from a State not party to MARPOL Annex VIRegulation 22A
MEPC.1/Circ.684Guidelines for voluntary use of the Ship Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI) ---
MEPC.1/Circ.863Recommendation on exemption of ships not normally engaged on international voyages from the requirements in chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI ---

Resolution and circular related to the Promotion of technical co-operation and transfer of technology

Resolution / Circular Title Status
MEPC.229(65)Promotion of technical co-operation and transfer of technology relating to the improvement of energy efficiency of ships 
MEPC.1/Circ.861Model Agreement between Governments on technological cooperation for the implementation of the regulations in chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI 

Relevant information

Resolution / Circular Title Status
MEPC.1/Circ.794
and its Corrigendum
On-Shore Power Supply 
--- Standard format for voluntary submission of EEDI information to be included in the EEDI database (to view format please
click here)
---Reporting protocol for voluntary measurement studies to collect Black Carbon data, as agreed by PPR 5 (to download Excel format please click here)