The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL, short for Marine Pollution) was adopted in 1973 and entered into force ten years later. All yachts, whether commercial or private, must comply with MARPOL, where applicable.

It contains regulations designed to prevent pollution of the sea, land and air caused accidentally or during routine operations by ships transporting oil cargoes, by noxious or harmful cargoes, and by sewage and garbage. It also aims at cleaning up the oceans. It contains requirements for storing, treating and discharging of the above-mentioned substances as well as procedures for reporting of incidents involving dangerous goods, harmful substances and/or marine pollutants. The convention includes the following six annexes:

I.  Prevention of Pollution by Oil

II. Prevention of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk (e.g. chemicals)

III. Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried in Packages (e.g. containers, tanks)

IV. Prevention of Pollution by Sewage

V. Prevention of Pollution by Garbage

VI. Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships

The original MARPOL Convention 73 together with the 78 Protocol is collectively known as MARPOL 73/78.

The Support4yachts web application provides users with the ability to manage all MARPOL requirements in a structured, paperless and auditable way online and offline.