Discharge requirements for cruise ships in force effective June 10, 2024

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Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin No: 15/2024: Discharge requirements for cruise ships, which outlines sewage and greywater discharge regulations for cruise ships in Canadian waters, effective from June 10, 2024. Applicable to vessels carrying over 100 individuals with overnight accommodations, these regulations aim to prevent pollution and preserve marine habitats. Key measures include prohibiting discharge within 3 nautical miles from shore, treating greywater and sewage when discharging between 3 and 12 nautical miles, and complying with international MARPOL regulations. Authorized Representatives must report incidents to Marine Safety Inspectors and maintain detailed records onboard. Failure to comply may result in penalties. Exceptions allow discharge in emergencies or operational constraints, with adherence to treatment standards. Operational testing and possession of relevant international certificates are mandatory.

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