2nd Ballast Water Sampling and the development of a Joint European Ballast Water Sampling Strategy
Assessing the implementation of the PRF Directive through visits to EU Member States on behalf of the Commission.
Supporting the setting up and functioning of the stakeholder’s forum ESSF-PRF subgroup.
Participating in discussions at the MEPC.of the IMO
Proposing common criteria and Interpretive Guidance for a harmonized EU approach on the PRF Directive implementation, especially with respect to the the delivery of all waste, the provision of exemptions and the development of Waste Handling Plans in ports.
Supporting Member States through identification of best practice
Developing a stand-alone module in THETIS-PRF to help EU Member States enforce the PRF Directive
Port Reception Facilities in a nutshell
The PRF Directive 2000/59/EC requires vessels to land the waste they produce during voyages to and between EU ports to port reception facilities.
It also requires ports to develop Waste Handling Plans and provide Port Reception Facilities to the ships using their port.
It requires 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.
This is one of the oldest pieces of European Legislation for shipping in the EU and the Commission are presently revising this Directive.