One of the most important conventions by IMO, i.e. International Maritime Organization. MARPOL Convention is devoted to the protection of the environment. The introductory general part of the Convention is outlines in the Protocols opening the document. The main provisions of the Conventions are contained in six Annexes to it.
The first Annex provides regulations for prevention of marine pollution by oil including requirements applicable to the machinery spaces and cargo areas, oil pollution incidents and reception facilities, special requirements that normally apply to the floating/fixed platforms, transfer of oil etc.
The second and third Annexes govern prevention of pollution by noxious liquid substances carried in bulk and by harmful substances carried in packaged form. The fourth and fifth Annexes deal with the sewage and garbage pollution while the last Annex solely addresses atmospheric pollution from the ships including emission control, operation and maintenance of the diesel engines, incinerators and other shipboard equipment, as well as availability and quality of the fuel oil. Each of the Annexes is arranged in standard form starting with the chapters with general information and regulations concerning survey, certification and control.