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With the increasing emphasis on environmental sustainability, many ports have responded to ensure that their operations are environmentally sustainable and committed themselves to working towards improved environmental performance through focused action on the following areas: air quality, energy conservation and climate change, waste management, noise management, and water (both consumption and quality) management.

Harbour Masters have a key role to play including the implementation of pollution prevention measures and the development of contingency plans and responses to oil spills, dealing with the immediate effects of the oil spill and aiming to minimise the impact on the port’s customers and stakeholders.

Harbour Masters may control waste management services in ports, including the disposal of dangerous chemicals. Ballast water protocols prevent the accidental introduction of exotic and potentially invasive aquatic organisms in ports in order to protect the marine environment.

A further environmental concern is the need to reduce greenhouse gases. Sources of air pollution within ports can be of concern because of the potential for harm to both port users and the health of people living close to the port.
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Ship waste and ballast water
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Waste management services in ports, including the disposal of dangerous chemicals, may be strictly controlled by the Harbour Master to ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. The International Convention for Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments was adopted by IMO in 2004 and represents a significant step in the protection of the marine environment.
Guide to Good Practice for Port Reception Facilty Providers and Users
This IMO Circular, The Guide to Good Practice for Port Reception Facility Providers and Users, contains the necessary consequential amendments following the entry into force of the revised MARPOL Annex V on 1 January 2013.
Source: IMO   Date: 1 July 2013
EMSA study on Port Reception Facilities in EU ports
EMSA has published, October 2012, a study on the delivery of ship-generated waste and cargo residues to port reception facilities in 40 EU Ports. The study is part of the review of the EU Directive on port reception facilities, dated 2000.
The aim of the study was threefold: to update the data on the delivered ship-generated waste and cargo residue volumes to port reception facilities; to describe the systems in place; to analyse the impact of these systems on the delivery of ship-generated waste and cargo residues.

Source: European Maritime Safety Agency   Date: 01-10-2012
In view of the need to tackle the long-standing problem of the inadequacy of port reception facilities, the MEPC of the IMO, having received valuable input from the Industry Port Reception Facilities Forum, adopted in October 2006 the Action Plan on Tackling the Inadequacy of Port Reception Facilities
and instructed the Flag State Implementation Sub-Committee to progress the Plan’s work items.

The Guide to Good Practice on Port Reception Facilities was developed as one of the work items of the Action Plan and is intended to be a practical users’ guide for ships’ crews who seek to deliver MARPOL residues/wastes ashore and for port reception facility providers who seek to provide timely and efficient port reception services to ships.

Source: IMO   Date: July 2009
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