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The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage) Regulations 1998

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Garbage Record Book

11.—(1) This regulation applies to—

(a)every ship of 400 tons gross tonnage or above;

(b)every ship certified to carry 15 persons or more which is engaged on voyages to ports or offshore terminals under the jurisdiction of a Party to the Convention other than its flag State; and

(c)every fixed and floating installation.

(2) Any ship or installation to which this regulation applies shall carry a garbage record book, whether as part of the ship’s official logbook or otherwise, in the form specified in Merchant Shipping Notice MSN No. 1720.

(3) The officer in charge of a discharge operation, or incineration, shall make and sign an entry in the garbage record book in respect of the discharge or completed incineration on the date of the discharge or incineration in question.

(4) Such entries in the garbage record book shall include—

(a)the date and time the discharge or incineration occurred;

(b)the position of the ship at the time of the discharge or incineration; and

(c)a description of, and the estimated amount of, the garbage discharged or incinerated.

(5) If a discharge, escape or accidental loss within the meaning of regulation 20(2)(a) below occurs an entry shall be made in the garbage record book of the circumstances of and the reasons for the discharge, escape or accidental loss.

(6) Any entries made in the garbage record book shall—

(a)in the case of a United Kingdom ship, be in English and, if different, the working language of the crew;

(b)in the case of a ship which is not a United Kingdom ship, be in an official language of the State whose flag the ship is entitled to fly and in English or French. The entries in the official language of the State whose flag the ship is entitled to fly shall prevail in a discrepancy between the different language entries; and

(c)in the case of an installation, be in English and, if different, the working language of the crew.

(7) Each completed page of the garbage record book shall be signed by the master of the ship or the installation manager (as appropriate).

(8) The garbage record book shall—

(a)be kept on board the ship or installation and in such a place as to be available for inspection in a reasonable time; and

(b)be preserved by the ship’s or installation’s owner for a period of two years after the final entry is made in it.

(9) The Secretary of State may waive the requirement for a garbage record book in respect of—

(a)any ship certified to carry 15 persons or more engaged on a voyage of one hour or less in duration; or

(b)any fixed or floating installation.

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