MAX1 Cost Analysis

As a follow up to our National Fish and Wild Life Foundation study on OWS effectiveness, in 2016/17, Martin & Ottaway was tasked with a study dealing with the costs associated with MARPOL Annex I compliance.

The study was specifically focused on identifying capital and operating costs associated with the regulation, as well as quantifying costs associated with non-compliance, such as the possibility of pollution discovery and prosecution under the USA’s APPS regulation.

The idea was to identify whether polluters have an economic advantage over non-polluters.  In the simplest terms, the study found that compliers that pay attention to their MARPOL Annex I costs and optimize their oily waste stream management will, in most cases, prevail!

The final report for the study can be found here.

The study also resulted in this spreadsheet tool for shipowners to track their own oily waste management costs.  The spreadsheet can be modified for a specific ship’s characteristics and shipboard practices, and can help shipowners, crews, and other stakeholders identify cost reduction opportunities for MARPOL Annex I compliance.

Contact Rik van Hemmen if you need help with the spreadsheet and would like to discuss the results in greater detail.