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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Resolutions - Marine Environment Protection Committee - Resolution MEPC.129(53) - Guidelines for Port State Control under MARPOL Annex VI - (Adopted on 22 July 2005) - The Marine Environment Protection Committee,

The Marine Environment Protection Committee,

 RECALLING Article 38(a) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Marine Environment Protection Committee conferred upon it by the international conventions for the prevention and control of marine pollution,

 RECALLING ALSO that, by the Protocol of 1997 to amend the International Convention for the Protection of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (the 1997 Protocol), Annex VI was added to the Convention,

 NOTING that MARPOL Annex VI entered into force on 19 May 2005,

 NOTING ALSO that articles 5 and 6 of the MARPOL Convention and regulations 10 and 11 of MARPOL Annex VI provide control procedures to be followed by a Party to the 1997 Protocol with regard to foreign ships visiting its ports,

 RECOGNIZING the need to provide basic guidance on the conduct of port State control inspections for MARPOL Annex VI and ensure consistency in the conduct of these inspections, the recognition of deficiencies of a ship, its equipment, or its crew, and the application of control procedures,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the draft Guidelines for port State control for MARPOL Annex VI prepared by the Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation at its thirteenth session,

  1. ADOPTS the Guidelines for port State control for MARPOL Annex VI, as set out in the Annex to this resolution;

  2. INVITES Governments, when exercising port State control for MARPOL Annex VI, to apply the aforementioned Guidelines and to provide the Organization with information on their application; and

  3. AGREES that, at a later stage, the Guidelines be adopted as amendments to resolution A.787(19) on Procedures for port State control, as amended by resolution A.882(21).

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