null Amendments to Government Decree improve efficiency of waste management in ports
Amendments to Government Decree improve efficiency of waste management in ports
Amendsments to maritime environmental legislation will tighten the rules governing waste treatment in ports. The Government issued a Decree on 29 June amending the Government Decree on Environmental Protection in Maritime Transport. The amended Decree will take effect on 1 July 2021.
Amendments to the Act on Environmental Protection in Maritime Transport entering into force on 1 July will also prevent littering of marine and inland waters and discharges of hazardous substances into waters. The aim is to improve waste management in ports to ensure that boaters and seafarers deliver waste to port on a regular basis. The Decree specifies the requirements for ports. These legislative changes are related to implementation of the updated Directive (EU) 2019/883 on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships.
The Decree specifies the reception of waste, waste charges and precautionary measures
The Decree permits reception of waste at a port either with a fixed reception device, or with an on-demand reception service if necessary. All ports must draw up a waste management plan. The Decree specifies the details that must be included in a port waste management plan.
The Decree stipulates that waste charges will vary according to the hazardous nature of the waste and the costs incurred in handling the waste. Short sea shipping is also defined as a criterion under the Directive for reducing waste charges.
The Decree also prescribes required precautionary measures when harmful cargoes or fuel are transferred between vessels outside port areas. For example, a vessel must arrange for an auxiliary vessel with adequate damage prevention equipment to attend when transferring dangerous goods or delivering fuel. The Decree also prescribes the details that a vessel must notify to the authorities in advance when transferring cargo or delivering fuel.
Some technical amendments have also been made to the Decree.
The President of the Republic ratified the Act Amending the Act on Environmental Protection in Maritime Transport on 29 June. The Act and the Decree will enter into force on 1 July 2021. It is estimated that hundreds of additional ports will now fall within the scope of regulation.
Laura Sarlin, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 50 447 7597, laura.sarlin(at)lvm.fi, Twitter @SarlinLaura
- Press release, 1 July 2021: Reception of waste in ports to be enhanced – small marinas also required to accept waste from boats
- Press release, 4 May 2021: Restrictions to the handling of vessels’ cargo and waste – decree submitted for comments
- Valtioneuvosto.fi: Government plenary session working documents, 29 June 2021 (in Finnish)
- Valtioneuvosto.fi: Tasavallan presidentin esittelyn aineisto 29.6.2021
- Lausuntopalvelu.fi: Draft Government Decree amending the Government Decree on Environmental Protection in Maritime Transport (call for comments in Finnish)
- Gateway to Information on Government Projects: Amendments to the Act on Environmental Protec-tion in Maritime Transport (LVM036:00/2019) (in Finnish)