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 in relation 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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Oil pollution (Annex I)

Annex I of the MARPOL convention for the protection against oil pollution

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has the declared aim to render the transport of oil and oil products by tankers safe and environmentally friendly. The Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO has established internationally mandatory regulations for oil tankers by adoption of annex I of the International Convention for the Protection of Marine Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

Annex I of the MARPOL convention is mainly focussed on rules for the design and construction of oil tankers and their equipment. These requirements are closely related to the damage stability requirements for oil tankers. In view of the consequences of an oil spill it is paramount to avoid the sinking of a tanker after an accident.

Oil pollution © German Tanker Shipping GmbH & Co. Kg www.german-tanker.de

Double hull tankers enhance maritime safety

The double hull design is a decisive improvement in the safety of oil tankers. Double hull tankers are ships with an outer and an inner shell. If the outer shell is penetrated in a collision or grounding, the inner shell still prevents any outflow of oil. According to regulation 19 of annex I of the MARPOL convention all new tankers must be of double hull construction. Existing tankers, constructed in or after 1996 must be of double hull construction, with transitional provisions depending on the age and size of the ship. In ports of the USA and the EU even stricter rules apply. Single hull tankers have been banned from US-ports since 1996 and since 2010 also from EU-ports. In other trading areas limited exemptions may be granted on the condition of reduced survey intervals. Double hull construction does not only protect the marine environment, but also avoids pollution by cargo residuals in routine ship operations. In an optimised tank layout ballast water tanks are arranged to protect cargo tanks in case of collisions.

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Ship Safety Division, the competent authority

The competent authority for the implementation of the provisions of the MARPOL convention on ships under German flag is the ship safety division of the BG Verkehr.

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