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“Gulfs area” and Southern South African waters Special Areas take effect

Special Areas in which the discharge of wastes from ships is prohibited will take effect in the “Gulfs area” and off southern South Africa on 1 August 2008, providing extra protection from pollution from shipping in those areas under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

“Gulfs area” Special Area
The “Gulfs area” was established as a Special Area in 1973, when MARPOL was adopted, but the discharge requirements therein could not take effect until States in the area had ratified the Convention and provided adequate reception facilities.

Southern South African waters Special Area
The Southern South African waters Special Area under MARPOL Annex I was adopted as an amendment to MARPOL in 2006, and an MEPC resolution was adopted in 2007 establishing 1 August 2008 as the date on which the discharge requirements take effect. This followed information provided by South Africa that adequate reception facilities for oily wastes from ships were provided in all major ports within the Special Area.