As pillar of MARPOL, the EU Port Reception Facility (PRF) directive obliges ports providing adequate PRF, ships delivering waste in the port and recommends a cost recovery system (CRS) as an incentive. IMO has also developed a PRF database, a facility for users and providers. The IMO Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) enters into force on Sept. 2017.
Despite regulations, discharge at sea is still practiced. Port users complain about the variability, cost and lack of adequate port discharge facilities. But what does mean “adequate”?
DG move has tasked the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) and EMSA to prepare a possible revision of the PRF Directive. Meanwhile the IMO BWMC implementation process starts, a new challenge.
Our objective is to provide a practical support to the ESSF/EMSA, using the Atlantic Area as a physical platform and its maritime community as a resource to design, prototype, test and demonstrate the “ideal” PRF and services for oiled and ballast water (as first concern).
Following the INTERREG spirit, the project will create a cooperation framework and network for all parties by addressing users, providers and policy makers. The project emphasizes innovation: in techniques, to reduce operation time, in financial instruments to facilitate investment and adjust service costs and in user friendly booking services.
The overall goal is to motivate the maritime community to stop discharge at sea by designing in consensus the Blue Port Services for 2020 and beyond.