[QUOTE=ombugge;182697]Yes very nice, but it only talk about FOREIGN ships doing bad things. My question was about American flag ships in domestic trade. Do they have to comply with MARPOL Annex V and are they being inspected and punished for violations as well?
It was also a question about how to determine which US ships have to comply, since there is the dilemma of GRT vs. GT?
You have “numerous” ATBs operating in international waters, although between US port, but the tug bit of them are not over 400 GT.(???)
Do they have to comply because the combined GT (or GRT) is way above the required limit, or is this another loophole used to avoid complying with IMO rules that everybody else is held to with a hard hand by USCG?
Just asking because I’m curious about how these things are handled in the US. I have no first hand knowledge of these things, since I haven’t been in US water for a looong time.[/QUOTE]
Hey chill out. Not everything is about you. Unlike you, who in the very first post managed to kidnap the OP’s thread by focusing in on a single word and providing a condescending if accurate tonnage lesson and simultaneously spew out your own set of questions which characteristically have nothing to do with the OP and yet manage to imply the US is somehow trying to get over on the system, yes unlike you my posts were trying to in some small way stick to the OP’s post and questions about MARPOL V enforcement actions and NOT trying to answer yours. The OP’s questions are a topic you don’t read about much at all, unless it happens to you I suspect.
The OP’s question was not limited to US flag ships. They queried with regard to “in US waters”. You seem shocked foreign ships in US waters violated US and international law with regard to MARPOL V. With the USCG PSC enforcement role it is only natural that a report of their activities as PSC would show foreign flag ship violations. That’s not sinister or a sign US flag operators are getting past the law, that is normal. Go find a USCG report about their activities as flag state administrator functions (annual inspections, spontaneous port inspections and such) and I’m sure you will find reports of US flag operators violations.
So good luck on your search for the answers to [U]your[/U] questions but the only dilemma about GRT and GT is in your head. US flag ships comply but someone else is going to have to prove it to you.