Speaking at a public hearing in the European Parliament, Seas At Risk has called on MEPs to help clean up the shipping sector and tackle ship waste dumping at sea.

Speaking at a public hearing in the European Parliament, Seas At Risk has called on MEPs to help clean up the shipping sector and tackle ship waste dumping at sea.

At an event put on by the MEP Nikos Chrysogelos of the Greens and the European Free Alliance that explored the relationship between green ports and clean shipping, Seas At Risk made the case for European action to ensure that more ship waste is delivered at ports through improving Directive 2000/59/EC on port reception facilities.

The Directive is currently under review by the Commission and one of the major problems is that the Directive still allows for ports to charge ships directly for the amount of waste they deliver. Under this regime there remains a strong economic incentive for ships to dump their waste at sea rather than take it to a port reception facility. An alternative approach is for waste disposal fees to be included in the general harbour due and to be paid by all ships regardless of whether they discharge their waste to port facilities or not.

The hearing also included presentations by SAR member organisation the North Sea Foundation and Transport & Environment. The former spoke about the Clean Shipping Index, while the latter stressed the need to reduce air pollution and GHG emissions from the shipping sector. Both Seas At Risk and Transport and Environment put the case for regulated slow steaming to mitigate GHG and other ship emissions while at the same time delivering substantial financial benefits to society.

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