Amendments will enter into force in 2024

Amendments will enter into force in 2024

The following are mandatory requirements will enter into force within 2024.


Form the IMO Assembly Thirty-third session (A 33)

  • Procedures for Port State Control, 2023, effective 1 January 2024.
  • Survey Guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC), 2023
  • 2023 non-exhaustive list of obligations under instruments relevant to the IMO instruments implementation Code (III Code)
  • 2023 Guidelines on the implementation of the ISM Code by Administrations

IMO Resolutions

  • Amendments to MARPOL Annex V – Garbage Record Book

The amendments mean that vessels of 100 GT and above will now require to keep a Garbage Record Book onboard.

Ship operators of ships of 100 GT and above will need to keep a Garbage Record Book onboard and record all discharges into the sea or reception facilities or completed incineration, within it.

1 May 2024

All ships of 100 GT and above, and to all fixed and floating platforms.

Resolution: MEPC.360(79)


  • Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, Appendix IX-information to be submitted to the IMO Ship Fuel Oil Consumption Database (Regulation 27)

MARPOL Annex VI, Appendix IX is updated to include information on attained EEXI and EEDI and relevant information on carbon intensity for ships required to comply with MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 28.

No impact as long as the ship has an approved SEEMP onboard, as the latest version of MARPOL Annex VI, Appendix IX is in line with the latest Guidelines published under Resolution MEPC. 346(78) adopted on 10 June 2022.

1 May 2024

All ship types which are 5000 GT or above, except those identified under MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 19.2.

Resolution MEPC.362(79)


  • Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, Appendix V– Information to be included in the bunker delivery note (Regulation 18.5)

A new item is added to the BDN – The flashpoint (°C) specified in accordance with standards acceptable to the Organization or a statement that flashpoint has been measured at or above 70°C.

From 1 May 2024, BDN´s from the fuel suppliers shall include the Flashpoint of the fuel, or a statement confirming that the fuel is above 70°C.

All ships (new and existing) of 400 GT and above including every fixed or floating drilling rig or other platform.

Resolution MEPC.362(79)


  • Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI-Regulation 14 and Appendix VII-Mediterranean Sea Emission Control Area (ECA) for Sulphur Oxides (Six) and Particulate Matter

The Proposed regulation will include the Mediterranean Sea as an Emission Control Area for Sulphur Oxides and Particulate Matter.

In such an ECA, the limit for Sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships is 0.10% mass by mass (m/m), while outside these areas the limit is 0.50% m/m.

1 May 2024

New and existing ships.

Resolution MEPC.361(79)


  • Amendments to MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV, V & VI to allow States with port in the Arctic region to enter into regional arrangements for port reception facilities.

These amendments add States, the coastline of which border Arctic waters (as defined in the Polar Code), to the list of States which may develop regional waste reception facilities due to their unique circumstances.

Any shipowner, manager or operator wishing to discharge oil, noxious liquid substances, sewage, garbage, or air pollution waste to port reception facilities in the Arctic should be aware that there may be regional arrangements in place and reception facilities may not be available at every port.

1 May 2024

Applies to States.

Resolution MEPC.359(79)

Resolution MEPC.360(79)

Resolution MEPC.362(79)


  • Amendments to MARPOL Annex I – Appendix II (Form of IOPP Certificate and supplements)

The title of Section 5 has been updated within Form B of the Supplement to the IOPP under MARPOL Annex I-Appendix II to include regulations 21 and 22.

1 May 2024

All oil tankers > 150 GT

Resolution MEPC.359(79)



  • New SOLAS Chapter XV – IP Code

The new SOLAS Chapter XV and the IP Code has an entry into force date of 1 July 2021, until then, Interim recommendations on the Safe Carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel inboard vessels engaged on international voyages as outlines in resolution MSC.418(97) may be applied.

Ships that are engaged in transport or accommodating industrial personnel, will need to comply with the IP Code.

1 July 2024

New cargo ships and high-speed cargo craft of 500 Gt and upwards, constructed on or after 1 July 2024 which carry more than 12 industrial personnel.

Existing ships under the interim recommendations should be allowed to operate, provided that they also meet the operational equipment in the new IP Code.

Resolution MSC.527(106)

Resolution MSC.521(106)


  • Amendments to the 2011 Enhanced Survey Programme
  • Tighter criteria for the annual examination of water ballast tanks, requiring the examination in case the coating is found to be less than GOOD, instead of POOR, as currently required;
  • Annual examination of double-side skin void spaces for bulk carriers exceeding 20 years of age and of 150m in length and upwards if the protective coating is found to be in POOR condition and it is not renewed; and
  • Clarification for oil tankers carrying oil in independent tanks not part of ship’s hull, to which ESP does not

1 July 2024

Bulk carriers with single side and double side skin construction and to oil tankers

Resolution MSC.525(106)



Source: LR


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