News 07 Sep, 2011

MARPOL - Oil Record Book Entries - Revised Guidance

At a recent meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee MEPC.1/Circ.736/Rev.01 “Guidance for the Recording of Operations in the Oil Record Book Part 1 – Machinery Space Operations (All Ships)” was approved and published, replacing MEPC.1/Circ.736.

The revised guidance is intended to ensure compliance with MARPOL requirements for making entries in the Oil Record Book (ORB) Part 1 – Machinery Space Operations, and includes examples of ORB entries showing the correct use of the different codes and item numbers, along with explanatory notes.

Members are advised to promulgate the IMO guidance document to their vessels to ensure compliance with MARPOL requirements regarding entries in the ORB. Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) often inspect the ORB to ensure that the information it contains is accurate, and any discrepancies may trigger a more detailed investigation. In the event of serious ORB discrepancies being found the vessel may be detained and, in certain jurisdictions, may be exposed to civil and/or criminal penalties.

Members requiring further guidance should contact the Loss Prevention department.