The International Convention for the
Prevention of Pollution from Ships


MARPOL, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, is a crucial global treaty enacted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to combat marine pollution caused by ships. It covers various forms of pollution, such as oil spills, harmful substances, sewage, garbage, and air emissions. The convention sets regulations and standards for shipowners and crews to minimize and control the discharge of pollutants into the ocean.

MARPOL consists of six annexes, addressing different pollution aspects, including oil, noxious substances, sewage, garbage, and air pollution. It promotes the use of environmentally friendly technologies and ensures compliance through inspections and regulations by port states. MARPOL aims to protect the marine environment, human health, and promote sustainable shipping practices worldwide.

Our Programs

To support the maritime industry and promote sustainable best practices, NAMEPA has developed programs to educate, empower, and inspire maritime personnel to Save Our Seas

Maritime Environmental Protection & Awareness Program

Interactive, multi-faceted environmental education program that supports and promotes MARPOL compliance by seafarers and port leadership including maritime industry-related staff across all employee levels. 

Tools for Effective Environmental Compliance

NAMEPA's MARPOL guide can assist seafarers and shoreside personnel to better understand MARPOL regulations, why regulations are needed to preserve the marine environment, and how to better comply.    

NAMEPA's MARPOL Webinar Series

Check out NAMEPA's complimentary series of discussions led by our corporate members and partners as we celebrate 50 years of MARPOL, increase marine environmental awareness and MARPOL compliance. 

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