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20 September 2017
Under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), only wastewater containing a specified proportion of oil may be discharged directly overboard and all discharges must be recorded in an oil record book. The Department of Merchant Shipping recently issued guidance regarding the use of electronic oil record books on board Cyprus-flagged vessels, which follows the recommendations of the International Maritime Organisation's Marine Environment Protection Committee.
On request from an owner or manager, the Department of Merchant Shipping may authorise the use of an electronic oil record book on board a Cyprus-flagged vessel, provided that it satisfies the prescribed requirements, which are summarised in the guidance.
An electronic oil record book may be used only if it is accompanied by a printed record. Vessels using electronic oil record books must retain a printed copy of all entries in chronological order signed by the officers in charge of operations and each completed page must be signed and dated by the master. The printed copy of the electronic oil record book is considered to be the official oil record book and must be kept in a secure location on board and made available for examination when requested. The paper version of the electronic oil record book must be retained for at least three years.
Software providers may obtain approval from the Department of Merchant Shipping for their electronic oil record book applications and a list of approved suppliers will be published on the department's website. To obtain approval, suppliers must demonstrate that their software complies with:
Applicants must also submit a declaration that the software has been developed according to these standards and that the system concerned has been installed, tested and is in full functioning order on board a Cyprus-flagged vessel. Alternatively, they may submit a software conformance certificate issued by a recognised organisation. Following evaluation of the required information and the successful demonstration of the software, the Department of Merchant Shipping will issue a letter of approval which will be valid for up to three years.
Approved electronic oil record book systems must be updated to reflect any amendments to MARPOL and the Department of Merchant Shipping must be informed of such updates.
A €2,000 fee is payable for initial approval and a €500 fee is payable in respect of any software update. Renewal of the letter of approval costs €1,000.
For further information on this topic please contact Costas Stamatiou at Elias Neocleous & Co LLC by telephone (+357 25 110 110) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Elias Neocleous & Co LLC website can be accessed at www.neo.law.
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