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Old 05-08-2008, 09:15   #16
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I just wanted to make sure everyone is clear on what length boats are required to have placards or a waste disposal plan. Having the right things posted may save you from receiving a fine.

A garbage placard and a waste management plan are not the same thing.

If your vessel is 40 feet or over, you are required to have a written waste management plan posted. This is a one page document signed and dated by the master that must be posted out in the open so that it is visible to everyone. You can find examples online. This is stated in 33 CFR 151.57

For vessels 26 feet and over, you are required to have a garbage placard. This is a placard that must say specific things. 33 CFR 151.59

For vessels 26 feet and over, you are required to have an oil placard. This is a minimum sized 5" x 8" placard that must say specific things. This can be posted out in the open, in a machinery space or where the bilge pump controllers are located. 33 CFR 155.450

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Old 24-08-2008, 14:19   #17
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Is this also a requirement on foreign flagged vessels using US coastal waters?



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thanks for reminding me to update mine - mine was very specific for the marina that i was in - now more generic -- below is what i am using

1. This plan describes policy and procedures for handling this vessel’s garbage according to MARPOL Annex V and 33 CFR Subparts 151.51 through 151.77. As Captain, I am responsible for carrying out this plan. All crew members and embarked persons shall follow the instructions in this plan. It is the general policy of this vessel that all food waste and garbage will be retained on board for proper disposal ashore.

2. Waste for this vessel is collected in trash receptacles located in the galley, staterooms and heads and stored in the wet locker located aft starboard. When at anchor, moored or in a marina slip, all waste will be carried from the vessel and disposed of in the proper trash receptacles located on shore. Plastics and waste containing plastic materials will never be discharged into the water from this vessel regardless of location.

3. When sailing on inland waters or at sea within 12 nautical miles of land, no food, garbage or waste of any type will be discharged. When on an extended voyage, beyond 12 nautical miles from land, certain non- plastic and non-floating waste may be discharged if storage space is not available. In this case, all plastics (included foamed plastic) are to be segregated from other wastes and stored on board for proper disposal ashore. Only those materials permitted for discharge according to the MARPOL V placard may be discharged in the water. In no case will waste of any kind be discharged into the water without my prior inspection and explicit permission.

4. If you have any questions about this plan, waste handling procedures or materials that may be discharged, please consult me.

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