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The Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Act is an Act of Parliament passed in the United Kingdom in 2006. It has three main purposes: to give effect to the Supplementary Fund Protocol 2003, to give effect to Annex IV of the MARPOL Convention, and to amend section 178(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

Supplementary Fund Protocol

Section 1 of the Act allows the government to enact provisions giving effect to the 2003 Protocol by affirmative Order in Council. The protocol, drawn up under the auspices of the International Maritime Organisation establishes an international fund which will pay out up to $1 billion in IMFmarker SDRs in cases of oil slicks and other environmental pollution.

MARPOL Convention

Section 2 of the Act amends section 128(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 by inserting an extra paragraph extending the government's power to make provisions by Order in Council to include giving effect to the convention.

Merchant Shipping Act 1995

Section 3 of the Act amends section 178(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 to restrict claims to being enforced within three years of the damage occurring, whereas previously it had been restricted to within three years after "the claim against the Fund arose", and within six years of the damage occurring.

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