Guidance for Ship Inspections under the Port Reception Facilities Directive (Directive 2000/59/EC)
The goal of this document is to provide a harmonised approach to the enforcement of Directive 2000/59/EC on Port Reception Facilities for Ship-Generated Waste and Cargo Residues (hereafter referred to as ‘the PRF Directive’).
This guidance has been developed to facilitate Ship Inspections that are presently being undertaken by the European Union Member States (hereafter referred to as MS) to enforce the PRF Directive. It should be noted that DG Move and EMSA are currently developing systems to gather and provide additional pertinent information to help the PRF Inspector efficiently undertake PRF inspections based on the revised advanced notification form format in Directive (EU) 2015/20871. As such new functionalities and information will become available in THETIS-EU. When these functionalities become available EMSA will inform the MS and revise this document accordingly.
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.