Progress in the fight for cleaner seas. ‘Polluter pays’ principle for ship waste management introduced.

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On October 9th, 2018, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament adopted the Meissner report on Port Reception Facilities and gave a mandate to start negotiations with the Council to convert recommendations into new legislation. 

However, outside of the strong resolution to end dumping waste at sea and confirming the ‘polluter pays’ principle, Euroshore regrets that the Transport Committee took no strong stance on the ‘100% indirect fee’ permitting ships to deliver an unlimited amount of Annex 5 waste to ports for a fixed fee.


Directive 2000/59/EC

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On January 16th, the European Commission announced its proposal to review the Directive 2000/59/EC on port reception facilities (PRF). Euroshore, a trade association of port reception facilities, comments on this revision proposal.


New proposal of EU Commission

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On 16 January, the European Commission published its proposal repealing the Port Reception Facilities Directive 2000/59/EC.


Low oil price creates an outlet problem for port reception facilities in the EU

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In Europe ca 2.000.000 tons of oily-water mixtures are collected from seagoing ships. Ca 1.500.000 tons is collected by EUROSHORE members. As a result Euroshore represents ca 75% of the market. The collected oil-water mixtures are de-watered and further processed. This results in an annual production of ca 500.000 tons of processed oil (sometimes called dry oil). This oil is delivered to licensed companies that have a permit to buy this oil. Well known clients are cement kilns, waste incinerators, metallurgy. These companies are allowed to co-incinerate up to 40% of the recycled oil within their emission standards. If they would burn more recycled oil, than they have to follow the more strict emission standards for the burning of ‘waste’.