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The major changes to MARPOL Annex II have been to the categorisation and classification of chemicals based on better scientific understanding and their interactions with the marine environment has led to update information regarding the transport of dangerous and noxious substances. These have then been transposed into the requirements of revised MARPOL Annex II to increase safety in shipping and to prevent pollution of the marine environment.
Technological advances and developments have also been taken into account in the revisions of MARPOL Annex II. Improvements in the design and in the methods of construction of vessels and the equipment used for the carriage of NLS have been developed and introduced in Annex II.
A number of administrative changes have been introduced; including changes to the format of documentation issued by Administrations and changes to the recording requirements onboard vessels. There are also some procedural requirements that will need to be met with regards to the loading and unloading of cargoes.