To which ships does the MARPOL Convention apply?

Broadly, ships flying flags of States which are Parties to MARPOL, and ships not entitled to fly the flag of a Party State but operating under the authority of a Party State. Each Annex defines which ships the Annex specifically applies to, e.g. Annex II applies to all ships carrying noxious liquid substances in bulk.

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