The Director General of Shipping (DGS), India issued on January 8th an addendum to DGS order 5 of 2019, which provides the definition of the single use plastic (SUP) and a phased methodology which would be adopted for complying with the DGS order.
The phrase “disposable plastics which are used only once and then thrown away by the user” does not include all those plastic items, which are re-used on ships.
The definition of SUP includes only those items, which are completely made of plastics, and items such as juice/milk packets / tetra-packs with plastic lining or caps are not included in this definition.
Biodegradable plastic with a stamp, marking or certificate from the manufacturer’ or something similar shall not be considered for prohibition.
Non-biodegradable multi-layered packaging shall also be considered for prohibition.
Crew and passenger personnel effects are now excluded from this prohibition until such time an execution plan is decided at a later date.
Necessary items such as Personal Protective Equipment. medicines. medicinal equipment, life-saving appliances. firefighting appliances, and other statutory items used on such equipment are excluded from Prohibition.
The plan has different timelines for identification, listing and prohibition of SUP for Indian and foreign flag cargo and passenger ships.
The 8/1/20 Addendum no. 1 sets out a delayed timetable for the introduction of the ban on plastics. Cargo ships are required to have an inventory indicating all single use plastic used on board by January 31st . Passenger ships are required to have an inventory indicating all single use plastic used on board by March 31st 2020.