Originally Posted by roverhi
If it's taking valuable space, get rid of it. There are very few places other than US and Canada
and possibly Europe
that literally give a sh*t. It does no harm other than to overly sensitive Gringos sensibilities.
if you are a US flagged vessel (over 400GT)
, you are responsible to follow MARPOL regulations
According to the RYA
There are several countries that do have prohibitions:
As with international conventions such as MARPOL, the Helsinki Convention (HELCOM Convention on the protection of the marine environment
of the Baltic
Sea Area) must be implemented in each of the participating countries through their national legislation. Therefore although HELCOM extends regulations
on the discharge of sewage to all ships including pleasure craft, this is not yet law in all the HELCOM contracting parties: Denmark
, Estonia, Finland
, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
The latest information we have regarding national legislation is as follows:
Boats built before 1 January 1980 do not have to have a holding tank and can discharge sewage when 2 nautical miles from the shore.
Boats built before 1 January 2000 but after 1 January 1980 which are either less than 10.5m LOA
or have a maximum beam of less than 2.8m do not have to have a holding tank and can discharge sewage when 2 nautical miles from the shore.
Boats outside of the above exemptions, including all boats built after 1 January 2000 must have a holding tank that can be emptied through a deck
The discharge of untreated sewage is prohibited at a distance of less than 12 nautical miles from the nearest land i.e. within their territorial waters.
Information has been requested from the remaining HELCOM countries.
has also introduced holding tank requirements which together with their pollution legislation, essentially mean that vessels cannot discharge untreated sewage within Spanish territorial waters (12 nautical miles). The Spanish legislation is ORDEN FOM/1144/2003, 28 April which for anyone who speaks Spanish can be found at www.fomento.es
and an unofficial translation of the legislation is also available.
the regulations relating to discharges and pollution make a holding tank a practical necessity although we are not aware of them being a legal
requirement as yet. Caution should also be exerted with grey water
Discharge of any kind may be considered illegal. A black water
tank has therefore been a practical necessity in Turkey
for many years. New rules (which were previously rumoured to be coming into force in 2010) appear to be coming into place in some areas of Turkey (such as the Mugla District) for 2012. If the rules are enforced to the full all black and grey water will need to be collected and pumped out ashore. A Blue Card will be used to monitor
the amount of waste water deposited ashore to ensure holding tanks
are pumped out rather than emptied into the sea.
is introducing regulations on the discharge of black water. Since January 2009 it has been prohibited to discharge black water (toilet waste) from all pleasure boats on all inland waterways, lakes, the Waddensea and territorial waters. Pleasure boats can be installed with holding tanks
, dry or chemical toilets or boaters could choose simply not to use their toilets. Further information is available at: www.vuilwater.info/brochures
MARPOL has been signed by 152 countries as of August 31, 2012.
The relevant annex is annex IV Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships (entered into force 27 September 2003)
Contains requirements to control pollution of the sea by sewage; the discharge of sewage into the sea is prohibited, except when the ship has in operation an approved sewage treatment plant or when the ship is discharging comminuted and disinfected sewage using an approved system at a distance of more than three nautical miles from the nearest land; sewage which is not comminuted or disinfected has to be discharged at a distance of more than 12 nautical miles from the nearest land.
In July 2011, IMO adopted the most recent amendments to MARPOL Annex IV which are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2013. The amendments introduce the Baltic Sea as a special area under Annex IV and add new discharge requirements for passenger ships while in a special area.