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MARPOL 73/78

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL 73/78, MARPOL is short for marine pollution and 73/78 short for the years 1973 and 1978) is one of the most important international marine environmental conventions. It was developed by the International Maritime Organization in an effort to minimize pollution of the oceans and seas, including dumping, oil and air pollution. The objective of this convention is to preserve the marine environment in an attempt to completely eliminate pollution by oil and other harmful substances and to minimize accidental spillage of such substances.


 Prevention of pollution by

oil & oily water


Pollution by sewage

from ships


Control of pollution by noxious liquid substances in bulk


Pollution by garbage

from ships


Prevention of pollution by harmful substances carried by sea 


Prevention of air pollution

from ships

The International Maritime Organization

About IMO

is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. IMO’s work supports the UN SDGs.

 As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

 In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.
Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

A Regional Intergovernmental Organization Concerns with Marine Pollution


In accordance with Article III of the Protocol concerning Regional Co-operation in Combating Pollution by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Case of Emergency, the Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Centre (MEMAC) was established in 1982. The main objectives of MEMAC are: to strengthen the capacities of the Contracting States and to facilitate co-operation among them in order to combat pollution by oil and other harmful substances in cases of marine emergencies; and to assist Contracting States, which so request, in the development of their own national capabilities to combat pollution by oil and other harmful substances and to co-ordinate and facilitate information exchange, technological co-operation and training. The permanent headquarters of MEMAC are located in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

About CRI

CRI is approved and certified MARPOL service provider in Middle East. Our technology systems are IMO compliant with MARPOL  and Ballast Water Management. 

As a leading maritime waste management company. We anticipate and evaluate new legislation, develop and evaluate environmental technology and examine our customers’ practical requirements to provide successful and sustainable marine waste management services. Our expertise makes it possible for us to tailor our services perfectly to meet the needs and requirements of both ports and shipping

MARPOL 73/78

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