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General guidance for marine incinerator

Shipboard incinerator A shipboard facility designed for the incineration of wastes or other matter on board, generated during the normal operation of the ship. Incinerators are predominantly designed for intermittent operation, hand fired and fed by hand. The ash or vapor can be hazardous.

Incinerators installed in ships after 1 January 2000 are to have a Type Approval certificate as well as Operating Manual onboard and should not be subject to any modification which may affect their Certificate status.Ref. Regulation 16 of MARPOL Annex VI, IMO Resolution MEPC 76(40)

Operators must be trained as to how to correctly operate incinerators. While use of plastic incineration is discouraged, a list of other items which are prohibited from incineration, as found in the operation manual, must be posted at site. Incinerators must not be used in port.

Further reading: ABS Guide to Shipowners Understanding MARPOL Annex VI (can be found on

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