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Draft Marine Pollution Bill in the Pipeline

September 9, 2019

Department of Transport

9 September 2019

A draft bill designed to tackle sewerage and air pollution from ships has been drawn up.

The transport department published the Draft Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment Bill in Government Gazette 42688 for comment.

The proposed legislation seeks to amend the Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 2 of 1986 in order to give effect to Annex IV and Annex VI of the 1973 MARPOL Convention.

The MARPOL Convention was drawn up by the International Maritime Organization to reduce pollution of the oceans and seas, including dumping, oil and air pollution.

The draft bill aims to:


• amend the Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 2 of 1986, so as to give effect to Annex IV of the 1973 MARPOL Convention, to incorporate the 1997 Protocol in order to give effect to Annex VI of the 1973 MARPOL Convention and to provide for matters connected therewith.

A new Section 2A stipulates that the Convention has the force of law in South Africa. Any future changes to the Convention that are binding on South Africa will be published in the Gazette.

Proposed amendments to Section 3 of the Act make reference to air pollution and pollution by sewerage.

A maximum fine of R3.2 million can be issued for offences.

Annex IV and Annex VI are contained in the notice.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 42685, the department announced that the Civil Aviation Authority has received an application for an aerodrome licence from Assmang (PTY) LTD for Assmang Black Rock Mine Operations- Aerodrome.

Comment on the application is invited until 6 October 2019.