Just in case you have not heard, the MARPOL Annex V has upcoming changes January 1, 2013. I suspect many of you are thinking: "who cares?" or "huh?" or even "oh I did not know. What do I need to do?"
Here is a hint: think of those placards you are required to post on your boat. Those are there because of MARPOL Annex V and the US Coast Guard.
MARPOL Annex V concerns garbage on the non-territorial waters. No dumping plastic at any time type issue. MARPOL garbage is just about anything on board that Americans would consider trash along with meat and vegetable waste from meals
The changes that we will see are from treaties and other acts that has the US and the US Coast Guard implementing the MARPOL Annex V changes.
What does it really mean? It means essentially no dumping of anything along the coasts, East and West, even outside of territorial waters, in the Gulf of Mexico
and the Caribbean
. In certain areas you will still be allowed to grind food
wastes and let those go into the waters. But even that has limitations.
will help a little to understand the changes.