CLIA Cruise Lines assessing the adequacy of Baltic Port Reception Facilities for sewage

This 2018 cruise season, CLIA Cruise Lines Members are assessing the adequacy of Port Reception Facilities (PRF’s) in the Baltic Sea Region for the delivery of Sewage.

During this season, cruise ships will operate in the Baltic Sea as if the near future Marpol Annex IV Special Area requirements for sewage already have come into force and report on their experiences using an updated and very elaborate reporting form. This assessment of the adequacy of Baltic Port Reception Facilities for Sewage is a follow up to the very extensive assessment presented in 2017.

More than 700 port visits and 28 ports are expected to be included in this exercise representing approx. 28% of total port calls.

Baltic ports planned to be visited by participating cruise ship

Aarhus

Heiringsdorf

Mariehamn

Warnemünde

Copenhagen

Karlskrona

Malmö

St. Petersburg

Fredericia

Kemi

Nynashamn

Skagen

Gdansk

Kiel

Riga

Stockholm

Gdynia

Klaipeda

Rønne

Tallinn

Gothenburg

Travemünde

Bornholm

Turku

Helsinki

Luleå

Rostock

Visby

IMO Marpol Annex IV obligations for both cruise ships and Baltic States

Already from next year, 2019 onwards and for all ships come 2021, the obligations of the IMO Marpol Annex IV Special Area for Sewage come into force. This means for passenger ships to use approved Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems (AWTS) or to deliver all sewage at PRF’s. For Baltic States, it means the need to undertake to ensure that facilities for the reception of sewage are provided and that the facilities are adequate to meet the needs of those passenger ships and not to cause undue delay to those passenger ships.

The cruise industry and the sustainability of the cruise sector in the Baltic therefore very much depend on the availability of adequate facilities and advance knowledge of those facilities.

CLIA Member’s commitments going beyond compliance

Existing and newly built CLIA Member ships follow CLIA’s policy of no discharge of untreated sewage anywhere in the world. Moreover, CLIA Member lines recognize the extraordinary eutrophication situation in the Baltic Sea which necessitated its designation as a Special Area under MARPOL Annex IV. Therefore, Cruise ships have and will voluntarily discharge Sewage ashore in the Baltic where adequate port reception facilities are available under a ‘no special fee’ arrangement.

Current revision of the PRF Directive ongoing

CLIA very much welcomes the opportunity to revise and improve the outdated EU Port Reception Facilities Directive.