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Adopted 15 February 1989, having regard to Article 24 of the Helsinki Convention 




RECALLING that Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78), entered into force on 31 December 1988,


RECALLING ALSO that certain provisions of Annex V of MARPOL 73/78 are included in Regulation 8 of Annex IV of the Helsinki Convention,


RECALLING FURTHER HELCOM Recommendation 8/4 concerning Amendments to Regulations 1-5 of Annex IV and Appendices I-IV to Annex IV of the Helsinki Convention,


RECOGNIZING that as from 1 July 1986 all Contracting Parties to the Helsinki Convention are also parties to MARPOL 73/78 and also bound by the provisions of Annex V of MARPOL 73/78 with regard to the protection of the marine environment of the Baltic Sea Area from pollution from ships,


RECOGNIZING ALSO that the 26th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided that the requirements of Regulation 5 of Annex V of MARPOL 73/78 should take effect from 1 October 1989 in the Baltic Sea Area,


CONSIDERING that, as a result of the developments in respect of MARPOL 73/78, there is no need to retain in the Helsinki Convention texts which reproduce provisions of Annex V of MARPOL 73/78,


TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION the amendment procedure for the Annexes of the Helsinki Convention, as contained in Article 24 of the Convention,




a)         to adopt the amendment to Regulation 8 of Annex IV of the Convention appearing in the Annex to this Recommendation;


b)         to ask the Depository Government to communicate the amendment to the Contracting Parties with the Commission's recommendation for acceptance;


c)         to determine that the amendment shall be deemed to have been accepted unless prior to 1 July 1989, any of the Contracting Parties has objected to the amendment; and


d)         to determine that the accepted amendment shall enter into force on 1 October 1989.




1.Regulation 8 of Annex IV of the Helsinki Convention is amended as follows:


"Regulation 8


The Contracting Parties, also being parties to MARPOL 73/78, apply in conformity with that agreement the provisions of Annex V of MARPOL 73/78 for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships."