INTERTANKO to speak at EHMA Conference on ship waste disposal in Europe, 20-21 November 2003, Gothenburg

In response to concerns surrounding the implementation of the new European Directive on port reception facilities, the European Harbour Masters Association (EHMA) is holding a Conference in Gothenburg to assess the implications of the regulations and subsequent practices.

INTERTANKO Environment Manager, Tim Wilkins, will be presenting the latest feedback from members regarding concerns over inadequate facilities in European ports and the trend for variations in implementation around Europe. Some particular concerns that will be raised focus on the variation in interpretation of the fee system, with growing fees now having to be paid under the no special fee system. Likewise, various interpretations are being seen with regard to the compulsory discharge requirement. Even when evidence for ample waste storage is provided by the master, port authorities are requiring the discharge of oily wastes at their ports.

The conference in general will look into the MARPOL Annexes as a basis for the whole world, EU Directive 2000/59/EC on Port Reception Facilities for Ship Generated Waste and Cargo Residues, the Baltic Strategy and HELCOM Recommendations, national legislations and regulations, and port bye-laws. Other speakers will include the managing director of the Port of Gothenberg, Magnus Kårestedt, and Per H Olson, Senior Port Expert, Swedish Maritime Safety Inspectorate.

For more information on the seminar contact ‘Maritime Forum’, +46 31 70 76 010, www.maritimeforum.se. Alternatively, click here for the full details of the conference.

Contact: Tim Wilkins