Ports, shipping and regulatory bodies work together towards solution for ballast reception facilities

This week saw a successful third meeting of the Port Reception Facilities Forum, with a strong presence of port, shipping and regulatory bodies gathered to continue work in finding a solution to the ballast reception facility problem.

Held at INTERTANKO’s office in London, the Forum set about designating work items from the action list of problems identified at its last meeting. This work programme was divided equally between the port and shipping industry associations present, with strong support from the secretariat of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

Work item issues within the Forum are focused on the technical aspects of this issue, with communication, harmonisation (including waste segregation, fee systems and discharge requirements), control (incentives, fines and monitoring), equipment and regulatory concerns examined in some detail. The more general issue of reporting is being covered in the international regulatory fora

This Forum continues to grow in strength and in support. The fourth meeting, due to be held in early Spring 2005, will be the held in Antwerp, hosted by the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH).

Contact: Tim Wilkins