MARPOL-certificates and marine pollution prevention equipment:

Berufsgenossenschaft Verkehrswirtschaft Post-Logistik Telekommunikation (BG Verkehr)
Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg

Referat Maschine


Holger Steinbock
Phone: +49 40 36137-217
Fax: +49 40 36137-204


Jörg Heuckeroth
Phone: +49 40 361 37-231
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204



Administrative offences relating to MARPOL infringements:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Sachgebiet S 41 - Umweltschutz im Seeverkehr
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg


Katrin Ewert
Phone: +49 40 31 90 74 10
Fax: +49 40 31 90 5000



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Prevention of marine pollution (MARPOL)

MARPOL convention for the protection of the marine environment

The most important instrument for the prevention of marine pollution is the International Convention for the Protection of Marine Pollution from Ships (MARPOL convention). The convention itself contains six mandatory annexes with provisions for the prevention of marine pollution from ships.

Statutory ship inspections

The surveyors of the ship safety division of the BG Verkehr check ships under German flag for compliance with the provisions of the MARPOL convention. Foreign flagged ships are also inspected in detail when calling at a German port.

Unfortunately not all crews of ships follow the rules for the protection of the environment. The Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency) prosecutes violations of the MARPOL convention or other regulations as infringements of the law.

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