IMO to establish correspondence group to advance work on the Reception Facility Action Plan

At this week’s meeting of the IMO’s Flag State Implementation (FSI) Sub-committee, support was given to a submission made by the partners of the Industry Forum on Reception Facilities proposing a single standard format for both the waste delivery Advance Notification Form (ANF) and a Waste Delivery Receipt.


In introducing the paper on behalf of the Forum, INTERTANKO explained that the creation of one single format for the industry to use when notifying its intent to deliver waste ashore would not only benefit on board administration but also facilitate logistics ashore in readiness to receive any waste. Furthermore, providing ports with a standard format for a waste delivery receipt should encourage the provision of such documents to the industry.


The concept of standardising such forms was originally proposed by the Industry Forum and subsequently placed on the IMO’s Reception Facility Action Plan. A call for papers by the IMO resulted not only in the Industry Forum's proposals but also in a paper from the 27 European Member States and the European Commission. Although not proposing a standard format for the ANF, the European paper does suggest a minimum requirement for information to be included on such a form, in line with the European Directive.


To avoid prolonging a meeting already behind in its agenda, it was agreed that the industry format would be taken into consideration by a correspondence group which would be established to further advance the work on the Action Plan. It would also determine how to incorporate the suggestions of the European submission.


Although there was general support for the Waste Delivery Form, some European states expressed concern over the practicalities of providing such a declaration. Such a position can only be perceived as one in which port entities have baulked at the possibility of changing their standard working procedures to meet the changing environmental needs of the industry.


In addition to the industry submission, INTERTANKO further intervened to urge Member States to provide the IMO with information on its reception facilities and contact points on the subject for inclusion in the Port Reception Facilities Database (PRFD) of GISIS (Global Integrated Shipping Information System). INTERTANKO members are invited to use and comment on the database,


A full report on the FSI meeting will be provided in next week's Weekly NEWS.


Contact: Tim Wilkins