The Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping will promulgate the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Oil and Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk) Regulations under the Merchant Shipping Act 2007. The Regulations will be effective on 01 February 2019.

Under these Regulations, every ship will be surveyed and issued with an International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate and prohibited the discharge of oil or oily mixture into the sea. In addition, every Mauritius tanker of 150 gross tonnage and above and every Mauritius ship other than 400 gross tonnage and above, will have to carry on board a shipboard oil pollution emergency plan and an oil record book.

The Regulations will also categorise and regulate the carriage of noxious liquid substances in bulk and ensure that every Mauritius ship of 150 gross tonnage and above, approved to carry noxious liquid substances in bulk, has a shipboard marine pollution emergency plan for noxious liquid substances.

Furthermore, the Regulations will provide for the conduct of initial, periodical and annual surveys followed by the issue of an International Pollution Prevention Certificate for the carriage of Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk.

Source: Republic of Mauritius