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Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 145849, tabled on 23 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to help enforce the Marine Environment Protection Committee's adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI for foreign-flagged vessels passing through UK territorial waters.

Answered on

29 March 2022

In June 2021, the 76th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex VI designed to improve the technical and operational efficiency of existing vessels. All ships which meet the new international requirements under the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) and the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) will be issued with a certificate to confirm compliance. The measures will come into force on 1 January 2023.

It would not be practical to inspect foreign flagged vessels transiting UK waters to confirm compliance to MARPOL Annex VI. However, any foreign flagged vessel arriving at a UK port – or any other port that is in a State which is a Party to MARPOL Annex VI – is liable for inspection under the existing and well-established Port State Control regime.