The Marine Environment Protection Committee
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The Marine Environment Protection Committee

 RECALLING article 38(a) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Committee,

 NOTING Resolution A.393(X) by which the Assembly adopted the Recommendations on International Performance and Test Specifications for Oily-Water Separating Equipment and Oil Content Meters and invited Governments to adopt and apply them to the maximum possible extent which they found reasonable and practicable and to report to the Organization the results of such application, and also invited the Committee to review the Guidelines and Specifications at an appropriate time,

 NOTING FURTHER the provisions of Regulation 16(5) of Annex I of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78), in which reference is made to the above-mentioned specifications,

 RECOGNIZING the advancement of technology, as well as the amendments to Annex I of MARPOL 73/78 on its operational discharge requirements which were adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee in 1992 and which are expected to enter into force on 6 July 1993,

 HAVING CONSIDERED, at its thirty-third session, the revised Guidelines and Specifications developed in the light of the requirements of Annex I of MARPOL 73/78,

  1. ADOPTS the Guidelines and Specifications for Pollution Prevention Equipment for Machinery Space Bilges of Ships, the text of which is set out at annex to this resolution, which supersedes the recommendations contained in Resolution A.393(X);

  2. INVITES Governments to:

  • (a) adopt the new revised Guidelines and Specifications and apply them so that all equipment installed on board on or after 30 April 1994 meets these revised Guidelines and Specifications in so far as is reasonable and practicable; and

  • (b) provide the Organization with information on experiences gained from their application and, in particular, on successful testing of equipment against the Specifications;

  3. REQUESTS the Secretariat, on the basis of information received, to maintain and update a list of approved equipment and to circulate it once a year to Governments;

  4. FURTHER INVITES Governments to issue an appropriate “Certificate of Type Test" as referred to in paragraph 5.2.1 of the Specifications and to recognize such certificates issued under the authority of other Governments as having the same validity as certificates issued by them.

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