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Garbage Management Plan


All ships of tonnage 100 gross or above as well as every ship which is certified to carry 15 persons or more, must have a Garbage Management Plan. This document should identify procedures for the collection, storage, processing and disposal of garbage on board the ship, including procedures for the use of equipment, and should identify the person responsible for carrying the plan out. It should be written in the crew’s working language. The crew should be trained in garbage management procedure and should be aquainted with the content of the plan. It is the master’s of the ship responsibility to ensure that the plan is effectively followed and implemented.

Further reading: ABS Publication “Garbage Management Manual” (2005), can be downloaded from