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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Resolutions - Marine Environment Protection Committee - Resolution MEPC.227(64) 2012 Guidelines on Implementation of Effluent Standards and Performance Tests for Sewage Treatment Plants (Adopted on 5 October 2012) - 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 (the Committee) conferred upon it by international conventions for the prevention and control of marine pollution,

 NOTING resolution MEPC.159(55) by which the Committee adopted, at its fifty-fifth session, the Revised Guidelines on implementation of effluent standards and performance tests for sewage treatment plants (the Revised Guidelines) and invited Governments to apply the Revised Guidelines when approving sewage treatment plants and provide the Organization with information on experience gained with their application, in particular, on successful testing of equipment against the standards contained in the Revised Guidelines,

 NOTING ALSO resolution MEPC.200(62) by which the Committee adopted, at its sixty-second session, amendments to MARPOL Annex IV concerning Special Area provisions and the designation of the Baltic Sea as a special area, which are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2013,

 NOTING FURTHER the provisions of regulations 9.1.1 and 9.2.1 of MARPOL Annex IV, in which reference is made to the above-mentioned Revised Guidelines,

 RECOGNIZING that the Revised Guidelines should be amended in order that current trends for the protection of the marine environment, the need to address particular oceanographical and ecological conditions of the special area designated, and developments in the design and effectiveness of commercially available sewage treatment plants be reflected; and the proliferation of differing unilateral more stringent standards that might be imposed worldwide be avoided,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation made by the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment, at its fifty-sixth session,

  1 ADOPTS the 2012 Guidelines on implementation of effluent standards and performance tests for sewage treatment plants, the text of which is set out in the annex to this resolution;

  2 INVITES governments to:

  • .1 implement the 2012 Guidelines and apply them on or after 1 January 2016; and

  • .2 provide the Organization with information on experience gained with the application of the 2012 Guidelines;

  3 ALSO INVITES Governments to issue an appropriate "Certificate of type approval for sewage treatment plants" as referred to in paragraph 5.4.2 and the annex of the 2012 Guidelines and to recognize certificates issued under the authority of other Governments as having the same validity as certificates issued by them;

  4 SUPERSEDES the Revised Guidelines on implementation of effluent standards and performance tests for sewage treatment plants, adopted by resolution MEPC.159(55).


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