Avoid being caught out!
The Marine Pollution Act (NSW) is currently under review and in the early stages of consultation which will eventuate in changes to NSW Regulations.
I thought it worthwhile to remind you of a current requirement that may well not be widely known for the inclusion of a Garbage Management Plan and the display of placard (stickers) on your vessel.
The red tape -
Australia is a signatory to the the international convention for the prevention of pollution from ships known as MARPOL and consequently AMSA captures DCV's reflected in NSW Pollution Act and Regulation as follows:
Garbage management plans are mandatory for:
- vessels of 100 gross tonnage and above
- vessels certified to carry 15 or more people
- fixed or floating platforms.
The easy way to comply -
Follow the link below to AMSA website and order your stickers online for free. Appears the most relevant are the set noted "Small vessel"
Scroll to the provided "Garbage Management Plan Example" and edit for your operation which will no doubt be very concise for DCV's. Attach as an appendix to your SMS for easy reference.
Garbage management - Australian Maritime Safety Authoritywww.amsa.gov.au › Marine environment › Marine pollution