A brief background is given on the pollution problems and hazards to sealife that are caused when ships dump plastic wastes at sea. The provisions of MARPOL 73/78, which became effective in the U.S. on 31 December 1988 and are intended to control the problem, are summarized. The mandates of MARPOL 73/78 are the centerpieces of the "Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act of 1987," which is Title II of Public Law 100-220 and implements Annex V of the MARPOL 73/78 agreement. The requirements that this implemental law imposes on ports and on vessels of various sizes are clarified.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Rhode Island, Narragansett

    Sea Grant Program
    Narragansett, RI  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Brillat, T
  • Publication Date: 1989

Media Info

  • Pagination: 4 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00661899
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RIU-G-89-005
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM