The CPMR’s member regions are being invited to provide input into the proposal for revision of the European Commission’s Directive on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships.

The Commission says the current Directive, which was established in 2000, requires a thorough review to revise the current rules on port reception facilities. This will mean it can tackle marine waste and improve the efficiency of maritime operations in ports by reducing the administrative burden.

The Directive from 2000 currently requires:

  • Vessels to land the waste they produce during voyages to and between EU ports to port reception facilities.
  • Ports to develop Waste Handling Plans and provide Port Reception Facilities to the ships using their port.
  • Vessels to pay a Mandatory Fee for landing this waste and to notify the port of what waste it has in advance of arriving in port. The mandatory Fee ensures that a ship can land its waste and that waste is not discharged into the sea, however the amount and type of wastes that can be delivered in each port vary.

It implements the relevant international norms, i.e. those contained in MARPOL (the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships).

Since the adoption of the Directive in 2000, MARPOL has been strengthened by means of successive amendments so that the scope and definitions of the current Directive are no longer consistent with the international framework. In addition, Member States interpret the key concepts of the Directive differently, which creates confusion among the parties concerned (ships, ports and operators).

The proposed Directive will also be instrumental in achieving the target set out in the Commission’s Circular Economy Strategy to reduce by 30 % by 2020 the amount of marine litter found on beaches and lost fishing gear found at sea.

The revision is expected to generate additional compliance and operational costs, in particular from investments in waste collection in ports, the alignment of the cost recovery systems and the development of new capacity for the reception and treatment of new waste streams.

However, according to the impact assessment, these costs are expected to be limited. European Ports have in principle welcomed the new proposal.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism is in charge of preparing the Parliament’s position on the proposal.

CPMR member Regions are kindly invited to address their comments to CPMR’s secretariat, which will forward them the rapporteur. An update on the state-of-play regarding directive will be made at CPMR’s transport group in June.