Project significance

Las Palmas

Long term effects

The insurance of a long lasting work within a sustainable and growing network of Blue Ports will come from the benefits demonstrated by the concept of “port services” as attractive complement or alternative to “embarked techniques” whose costs are prohibitive and quality is sometimes doubtful. Creating a feeling of responsibility (awareness), together with organizing demonstration periods (proves) and studying acceptable costs for the service providers and the users (attractiveness) is one best way to convince all concerned parties that discharge in port is an easy, cost effective and responsible practice.

As controls can reduce but not avoid illegal acts, we believe in attractive services which benefit the port/port industry and the users of the service. The consortium has managed to interest those high level organizations which are capable of taking the project as a cooperation platform to accompany/accelerate/comfort processes which are under way (revision of the PRF and BWM conventions). These processes are considered as constraints (economic impacts, regulation, law enforcement). The project can truly transform this perception in a will to participate. Long term effect will pass through providing “adequate” port facilities, that the users will consider as a cost effective/attractive service and the ports/public/funding bodies will consider as a new economic sector plus motivation of all parties. Moreover some countries such as Italy and Netherlands have already manifested their interest to participate.


Innovation is a corner stone of the project. Innovation covers:


BW: The mobile PRF technology developed by DAMEN unique on the market today (certified by IMO and NL) is an economic alternative to embarked systems.



Oil: an innovative process to enable integrated treatment of various oiled effluents. This will optimize costs/time for ships and ports, increase reception capacities, facilitate valorization of oil residues and avoid long distance transport to treatment plants.



A user friendly on line location, booking and reporting service.


Innovative business models (with valorization chains), incentives and financial facilities to reduce costs and favor investments in PRFs.



The “One Stop Shop” polluted waters port reception/ treatment service as an added value to ports operation and maintenance portfolio.




“Blue Port” (a brand) that could become a label associated to users/ports incentives.


  • A pilot innovative oil treatment process, validated by the consortium, qualification bodies and users;
  • The InvaSave mobile BW PRF demonstrated in 5 ports; validated by the ports/ SP, users, public authorities;
  • A pilot digital “location, booking and reporting” application, (validated by the ports/SP, users, with IMO);
  • A pilot risk /quality assessment tool (validated with ports/public authorities);
  • A baseline of business models/plans, costing/funding;
  • A knowledge database and e-trainingtools (from the website);
  • A brand “Atlantic Blue Ports” (preparing for a label associated to incentives);
  • A sustainable “Blue Ports” Task Force, network and action plan;
  • A contribution to the revision of the PRF directive agreed with EMSA/ESSF;
  • A recommendation and best practice document for policy makers for the implementation of the IMO BMWC in EU;
  • Recommendation document to decision makers (EU, national levels) to motivate provision/use of PRFs addressing regulatory, strategy and cooperation/development program;
  • Joint follow up project ideas and pre-proposals.

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Fabienne Vallee
Atlantic Blue Ports,
project manager