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Ship Registry launches marine pollution consultation

Changes would affect Manx vessels and those visiting Manx waters

A consultation on plans to update pollution regulations affecting those with vessels on the Isle of Man Ship Registry has been launched by the Department for Enterprise.

The proposed changes are related to the MARPOL Annex I Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Oil, which have been amended since the Ship Registry's current regulations were written in 2006.

The consultation document says operators should already be familiar with those changes as they're in force internationally. Replacing the current regulations would mean Manx ships and foreign vessels entering Manx waters would have to comply with Annex I.

The law will apply to passenger ships, cargo ships, commercial yachts, pleasure vessels, mobile offshore drilling units and fishing vessels.

Full details are available on the consultation hub on the Government's website. Those wishing to respond to the consultation must submit their responses to the Ship Registry at St George's Court by January 4th.

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