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Friday, October 19, 2018

Update on Reception Facility Work

Further to recent inquiries received from members regarding the inadequacy of reception facilities in countries party to MARPOL and in the EU, below is an outline of INTERTANKO's ongoing efforts in counteracting this perennial problem.

The provision of inadequate reception facilities is an issue that has been given high priority on INTERTANKO's agenda for over 25 years. Attention has primarily been focused in two main legislative forums.

Firstly, within the IMO, INTERTANKO is continuing its lobbying to ensure that ports of States party to MARPOL provide adequate port reception facilities (PRF's). In so doing we have submitted a number of papers highlighting the continuing problem that our members still have. Further to this, we have lent our support to the continuing distribution of the Guidelines to Ports on the provision of PRF's. This should ensure that Port States take on their responsibilities under MARPOL.

Secondly, following representation from INTERTANKO, the EU has taken note of the problem which exists among its member states and as such is in the process of developing a Directive to ensure the provision of PRF's. INTERTANKO has worked with the EU in developing this Directive. It is now in its final stages of completion and should be enforced in the summer of this year. One of the key aspects aside from the provision of adequate reception facilities in all EU ports, is the provision of a reporting system which, although similar in essence to the IMO system, will provide for more action by the EU on the ports that have been outlined as not complying to the directive. This will allow our members to report these inefficiencies and also allow INTERTANKO to follow them up with the EU to ensure that action is being taken. Unlike MARPOL, the EU's Directive (as it stands) also allows for vessels which are caused undue delay due to inadequate facilities to seek compensation. Alongside this, the same report will also be filed with the IMO which will stimulate further work on the issue.

Further to the regulatory and legislative approach to the matter, INTERTANKO also handles members’ enquiries on a case by case basis. On this basis we are able to aid owners who have had particular problems in one port or at one terminal. Furthermore, this type of information is essential when lobbying in the above-mentioned forums. To aid members in supplying this information we have made a reporting form which can be obtained via fax or mail from the Marine & Environment Section, mailto:tim.wilkins@intertanko.com