||No specific consent is required by vessels, however under the Port Waste Reception Facility Regulations 2003, ships are required to:
- Provide notification, before entry into a port, of the waste they will discharge, including information on the type and quantity.
- Deliver their waste to port reception facilities before leaving port, unless they have sufficient storage capacity.
- Pay a mandatory charge to significantly contribute to the cost of port reception facilities for ship generated waste whether they use them or not. Exemption may be granted as per Marine Guidance Note 387 (PDF document) (replacing MGN 259) where ships are engaged in “Scheduled traffic with frequent and regular port calls” and give evidence “of an arrangement ensuring the delivery of waste and payment of charges in a harbour or terminal along the ships route”.
Ships must also have a Garbage Management Plan. See Waste – Storage and Handling Offshore.
|Port and Harbour Requirements:
||Ports, Harbours and some terminals are required:
- To have adequate waste reception facilities for ship landed waste including cargo residues, noxious liquid substances and ship generated waste (including sewage).
- To draw up a Waste Management Plan for approval by the MCA as per Schedule 1 of the Port Waste Reception Facilities Regulations 2003.
- To have a pre-notification and mandatory charging system in place.
|Who to Apply to:
||Ports and Harbours Port Waste Management Plans must be approved by the MCA.
|When to Apply:
||Existing facilities must submit an updated Port Waste Management Plan within 3 years of the date on which the last Waste Management Plan (under SI 1997/3018) was submitted. New facilities should submit a Waste Management Plan within 9 months of commencing operations. Subsequent plans should be submitted within 9 months of any significant change or no later than three years after the most recent submission was approved.