A vessel is working a rig in a special area. The nature of the vessel’s job requires the vessel to stay in the vicinity of the rig for several months.
Regulation 5 (pertaining to fixed and floating platforms). Para 2 states “Food wastes may be discharged into the sea from fixed or floating platforms located more than 12nm from the nearest land and from all other ships when alongside or within 500m of such platforms, but only when the wastes have been passed thru a comminuter or grinder.”
Regulation 6 (pertaining to discharge of garbage within special areas). Para 1.1 states “Discharge of the following garbage into the sea within special areas shall only be permitted while the ship is enroute and as follows: Discharge into the sea of food wastes as far as practicable from the nearest land, but not less than 12 nautical miles from the nearest land or the nearest ice shelf. …”
Question 1: Does this vessel fall under rule 5 or rule 6?
Question 2: If regulation 5 applies does it mean that the vessel can only dump when it is within 500m of the platform?