Implementation of MARPOL Annex V in Cyprus (Cyprus)

The Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS) in Cyprus,  in its capacity as the competent Cypriot authority under Regulation 8 of MARPOL Annex V (Port State control on operational requirements), performs random inspections on all ships (national and foreign) within the port areas of Cyprus, as well as inspections of Cypriot ships abroad (a fleet of about 1000 foreign going ships) to ensure compliance with MARPOL Annex V. Practically, the officers check the ship’s garbage management plan (GMP), the garbage record book and verify the existence of garbage disposal receipts from previous ports. They also check that garbage collected is stowed and segregated in accordance with the ship’s GMP and they verify also that placards to notify the crew and passengers on the requirements for disposal of waste are displayed as required. The inspections are performed either by Marine Surveyors of the DMS or by 14 independent Inspectors, which have been appointed in 12 ports around the world.

Also small passenger ships engaged in coastal navigation are checked regularly for compliance with the applicable national requirements.


Place / Location Cyprus
Commencement Date 1 July 1998
Duration Ongoing
Theme Prevention
Type of Initiative Policy/Regulation Implementation
Initiated by National Government, Department of Merchant Shipping
Involved Stakeholders None
Funding/Financial Support No
Success Rate Very Successful
Case Study prepared by

Mr. Ioannis Efstratiou, Senior Marine Surveyor, Department of Merchant Shipping

Head, Marine Environment Protection Section

Tel.: +35725848273/Fax: +35725848200


Submitted by

Demetra Orthodoxou, ISOTECH Ltd

MARLISCO Partner 12

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