Technical Recommendations on the Implementation of Directive 2000/59/EC on Port Reception Facilities
This document, builds on the Commission's interpretation and on good practice identified in the MS, to provide Technical Recommendations to MS on how best to implement the PRF Directive. It is intended that these Technical Recommendations:
- will contribute towards a more uniform and harmonised application of the PRF Directive;
- will ensure more efficient use of resources during the application and enforcement of the PRF Directive;
- will help MS follow the requirements of the PRF Directive;
- can be used by the MS to develop new, or enhance any existing, guidance that the MS have developed to implement their national legislation; and,
- will be subject to revision in the light of their use and possible amendments to 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.