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The shipping companies that are operating in today's maritime world may vary by type of operation, their size, management philosophy, private or public status etc. This would eventually lead to differences among company systems where differing management systems and vocabulary are used. This guidance was prepared by ISF and ICS in order to serve as some kind of a practical template which is suggested to be utilized in the course of the review of the shipping companies compliance programmes that are adopted in accordance with existing regulatory requirement. Such of the requirements have been developed by IMO and this framework is also supported by such recognized international organizations as OCIMF, BIMCO, SIGTTO, Intertanko and Intercargo. As it comes quite clear from the title of this document, the main intention of the authors of the paper was to provide the participants of the shipping industry with the necessary regulatory framework which should be used for ensuring the due compliance with all requirements outlines in the MARPOL Convention. In fact, the document would be applicable to prevention of all possible types of marine pollution from vessels that is why we would definitely recommend all ship officers to take some time going through the content...