MARINA prohibits harmful anti-fouling paints, systems in ships

Published January 20, 2021, 6:52 PM

by Betheena Unite

Application and installation of harmful anti-fouling paints and systems on ships are strictly prohibited, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) recently warned.

Prohibiting the application of harmful substances aims to minimize, if not completely eliminate, the environmental effects of organotin compounds in anti-fouling systems to prevent the attachment of unwanted organisms on ships.

Organotin compounds, which act as biocides in anti-fouling systems, persist in the water, killing marine life, harming the environment and possibly entering the food chain, MARINA explained.

Through Memorandum Circular No. SR-2020-04, MARINA set rules and regulations to prevent the utilization of dangerous anti-fouling paints and systems that contain harmful substances, compliant with the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems in Ships (AFS Convention).

“The application, reapplication, installation, or use of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships, as well as those while in any port, shipyard, or offshore terminal, shall be prohibited and restricted, respectively,” MARINA said.

The memorandum covers all MARINA-registered shipbuilding, ship repair, boatbuilding, boat repair, and ship-breaking entities.

All Philippine-registered domestic and international going ships, or ships operating under the Philippine flag, as well as all foreign-registered ships entering the Philippine maritime jurisdiction, and also all ships entering a port, shipyard, or offshore terminal in the Philippine, are also included.

All ships of 24 meters in length and above and/or 400GT, and above are required to secure an AFS Certificate and records of anti-fouling system and shall at all times carry onboard the copy of the said certificate.

Moreover, all MARINA-registered shipyards, boatyards, ship-breaking yards are required to ensure that any waste from the application or removal of an anti-fouling system is collected, handled, treated and disposed of in a safe and environmentally sound manner to protect human health and the environment.