MARPOL-certificates and marine pollution prevention equipment:

BG Verkehr / Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Referat Brandschutz
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg


Andreas Herold
Phone: +49 40 36137-258
Fax: +49 40 36137-204



Administrative offences relating to MARPOL infringements:

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

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

Webcode for this Content: 16818880

Harmful substances in packaged form (Annex III)

Annex III of the MARPOL convention for regulating sea transports of harmful substances in packaged form

"Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form", that is the elaborate title of MARPOL annex III. It regulates the safe sea transportation of harmful substances in packaged form.

Different from annex II (bulk chemicals) there are no pollution categories in annex III. Such categorization is made in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code, which must therefore also be considered when consulting MARPOL annex III. Marine pollutants according to the IMDG code are dangerous goods with properties adverse to the marine environment, e. g.:

  • Hazardous to aquatic life (marine fauna and flora),
  • impairing the taste of seafood, or
  • accumulating pollutants in aquatic organisms.

You can find further information on dangerous goods under the heading "Safety · Security".

Special labelling and packing of marine pollutants

Marine pollutants must be specially packaged, labelled and stowed on board to prevent their release into the marine environment. By means of the special labelling such pollutants may also be identified and separated from other cargoes during salvage operations after an accident.

bild schadstoffe in verpackter form