Annex I- Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Oil

Chapter 7 - Special requirements for fixed or floating platforms

Regulation 39 - Special requirements for fixed or floating platforms

1 This regulation applies to fixed or floating platforms including drilling rigs, floating production, storage and offloading facilities (FPSOs) used for the offshore production and storage of oil, and floating storage units (FSUs) used for the offshore storage of produced oil.

2 Fixed or floating platforms when engaged in the exploration, exploitation and associated offshore processing of sea-bed mineral resources and other platforms shall comply with the requirements of this Annex applicable to ships of 400 gross tonnage and above other than oil tankers, except that:

  .1 they shall be equipped as far as practicable with the installations required in regulations 12 and 14 of this Annex;
  .2 they shall keep a record of all operations involving oil or oily mixture discharges, in a form approved by the Administration; and
  .3 subject to the provisions of regulation 4 of this Annex, the discharge into the sea of oil or oily mixture shall be prohibited except when the oil content of the discharge without dilution does not exceed 15 parts per million.

3 In verifying compliance with this Annex in relation to platforms configured as FPSOs or FSUs, in addition to the requirements of paragraph 2, Administrations should take account of the Guidelines developed by the Organization.*

* Refer to resolution MEPC.139(53), as amended, ''Guidelines for the application of the revised MARPOL Annex I requirements to FPSOs FSUs.''