CLIA Europe welcomes opportunity to improve Port Reception Facilities

The European Commission published its proposal for a revision of the Port Reception Facilities (PRF) Directive as part of a broader waste strategy to “protect the planet, defend citizens and empower industries”. 

CLIA Europe supports full alignment with, and a clear link to, the international IMO Marpol regulations and an additional focus on marine litter. The cruise industry very much welcomes a revision of the outdated PRF Directive of 2000 and considers the new proposal by the European Commission as a very good basis for further discussion.

The intention stated by the European Commission for full alignment with the requirements and limitations of the international IMO Marpol regulations including its additional focus on Marine fully supported by CLIA. However, CLIA Europe also notes the considerable deviations from this intention and the unclarity it would cause to ships, ports and Port State Control.  

From 2019 onwards, passenger ships operating in the Baltic Sea need to comply with the stringent IMO Marpol Annex IV (Sewage) Regulation. There can be no successful implementation of these requirements if there is a lack of adequate Port Reception Facilities. The Cruise Industry depends on ports to provide the facilities to discharge its waste ashore, including sewage. The long overdue revision of the PRF Directive is therefore very much welcomed by the industry.

It is positive to note that ships having sufficient storage capacity on board are not required to discharge all waste at the current port. However, this principle has not been followed consistently. Inconsistencies are also found with the requirements for the important Waste Handling Reception Plans where some requirements have been strengthened while others have been softened. These are also found when assessing the much needed reduction of administrative burden for seafarers, as the proposal by the European Commission does improve some aspects but unfortunately, also affects negatively the operations.

CLIA Europe would like to welcome all parties to seize this opportunity to improve and strengthen the PRF Directive and bring it fully in line with IMO Marpol in support of the sectors and the environment.

Read the full opinion of CLIA Europe here