Annex I- Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Oil

Chapter 5 - Prevention of pollution arising from an oil pollution incident

Regulation 37 - Shipboard oil pollution emergency plan

1 Every oil tanker of 150 gross tonnage and above and every ship other than an oil tanker of 400 gross tonnage and above shall carry on board a shipboard oil pollution emergency plan approved by the Administration.


2 Such a plan shall be prepared based on guidelines* developed by the Organization and written in the working language of the master and officers. The plan shall consist at least of:

  .1 the procedure to be followed by the master or other persons having charge of the ship to report an oil pollution incident, as required in article 8 and Protocol I of the present Convention, based on the guidelines developed by the Organization;†
  .2 the list of authorities or persons to be contacted in the event of an oil pollution incident;
  .3 a detailed description of the action to be taken immediately by persons on board to reduce or control the discharge of oil following the incident; and
  .4 the procedures and point of contact on the ship for coordinating shipboard action with national and local authorities in combating the pollution.

3 In the case of ships to which regulation 17 of Annex II of the present Convention also applies, such a plan may be combined with the shipboard marine pollution emergency plan for noxious liquid substances required under regulation 17 of Annex II of the present Convention. In this case, the title of such a plan shall be ''Shipboard marine pollution emergency plan''.

4 All oil tankers of 5,000 tonnes deadweight or more shall have prompt access to computerized shore-based damage stability and residual structural strength calculation programs.

* Refer to the Guidelines for the development of shipboard oil pollution emergency plans adopted by the Organization by resolution MEPC.54(32) as amended by resolution MEPC.86(44).

† Refer to the General principles for ship reporting systems and ship reporting requirements, including guidelines for reporting incidents involving dangerous goods, harmful substances and/or marine pollutants adopted by the Organization by resolution A.851(20).