Nine reports on alleged inadequacy of reception facilities have been received by the IMO from member States including Sweden and the United Kingdom. Following a reminder by the IMO to flag States, noting their obligation to report inadequate reception facilities, the number of reports has risen from one in 1999 to nine in 2000.

Only three reports were received regarding the inadequacy of reception facilities for MARPOL Annex I wastes, these were Cochin (India), Tees River (UK) and Grangemouth (Scotland). The remaining reports were regarding Annex II and V wastes the majority of which were associated with the latter. i.e. garbage waste.

The increase in reporting is in contradiction to the reports received by INTERTANKO in the same period. Only five reports have been received, three of which stating that the facilities were adequate. Following this lack of information received, the Environmental sub-Committee recommended to the Council at its last meeting that the item be dropped from the Agenda until further evidence was provided by the membership. In the meantime, the Environmental sub-Committee have resent the reporting form to all member companies. This is hoped to overcome the concern raised by the CTOAG that technical personnel were still unaware of the correct procedure regarding the reporting of inadequate facilities.

Should any members encounter difficulties with reception facilities they are invited to report to INTERTANKO, using our report form.

Click here to download our Port Reception Facility Feedback Form

Once completed, send the form to Tim Wilkins who will forward the reports to the Environmental sub-Committee for further action. In addition, the secretariat will also endeavour to resolve the issue on request of the member.