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Garbage Management Plan

Paperwork, regulations, standard operating procedures….. the list goes on.

Are you ready for your next survey or Port State Control – not having a Garbage Management Plan could be classed as a deficiency….

Vessels above 100gt and that carry more than 15 persons need to have a Garbage Management Plan (GMP), no approval needed.

Vessels above 400gt and that carry more than 15 persons additionally need to have a Garbage Record Book (GRB).

 Separation, disposal at sea or ashore – which ports or marinas have the right facilities?

Are you aware of the changes? Do you understand the 11 different garbage categories?

Are they all applicable to the superyacht industry? Read on……


1. Plastics
Are used for a variety of marine purposes including packaging (vapour – proof barriers, bottles, containers, liners), ship construction (fibreglass and laminated structures, siding, piping, insulation, flooring, carpets, fabrics, paints and finishes, adhesives, electrical and electronic components), disposable eating utensils and cups, bags, sheeting, floats, strapping bands, rope, line and incinerator ashes from plastic products.
2. Food wastes
Any spoiled or unspoiled food substances, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, poultry, meat products, food scraps, food particles, and all other materials contaminated by such wastes, generated aboard ship, principally in the galley or dining area.
3. Domestic wastes
All types of food wastes and wastes generated in the living spaces on board the ship, that are not being covered in other waste categories such as paper products, rags, glass, metal, bottles, crockery, etc.
4. Cooking Oil
Any type of eligible oil or animal fat used or intended to be used for cooking (not the food that has been prepared with these oils/fats).
5. Incinerator ashes
Ash and clinkers produced from shipboard incinerators.
6. Operational wastes
All solid wastes (including slurries) that are not covered by other waste category. Operational are wastes produced from cargo stowage and handling (dunnage, shoring, pallets, lining and packing materials, plywood, paper, cardboard, wire, and steel strapping) and from maintenance (collected from the engine and deck departments while maintaining the operating vessel: soot, machinery deposits, scraped paint, deck sweeping, wiping wastes, rags and oily rags etc.).
7. Animal carcasses
Bodies of any animals carried on board as cargo that die or euthanized during the voyage.
1. Fishing gear
Includes any physical device placed in the water or on the sea-bed for purposes of capturing, controlling or harvesting, marine or fresh water organisms.
9. E-Waste
Electronic cards, gadgets, instruments, equipment, computers, printer cartridges, etc.
10. Cargo Residues (non-HME):
Remaining on deck or in holds following loading or unloading of cargo or after the cleaning of the holds to be prepared for the next cargo.
11. Cargo Residues (HME)
The term HME refers to cargoes which under certain criteria may be classified as Harmful to the Marine Environment.


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