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Prevention Of Pollution While Carrying Out Overboard Maintenance

Any overboard maintenance must be carried out only after taking permission from port authorities and taking due precautions to prevent any material falling overboard.

Many port authorities have pollution regulations that restrict or forbid maintenance being carried out over the ship’s side. This is due to the possibility of potentially damaging substances dropping into the water. Accordingly, Masters must check with the local agent to see what regulations are applicable before planning or carrying out any overboard maintenance.

In ports where such maintenance is permitted, all possible precautions are to be taken to avoid polluting the water with paint, thinners, chemical cleaners, loose scale or other possible contaminants.

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