Waste has become a challenging issue that the shipping industry has to deal with, not only because it affects marine life and oceans, but because it is also a barrier to ports and their operations. Thus, the EU funded SAFEMED IV project will run on the ports of Arzew, Bejaia, Skida, old and new port and Algiers in Algeria.
Specifically, the waste coming from ships is a serious social, environmental, economic and health issue worldwide, making garbage management onboard vessels a crucial priority.
Therefore, in line with EU’s SAFEMED IV project, DNV GL was contracted to conduct the study on waste assessment to the five Algerian ports, to support the review and/or development of a Waste Reception and Handling Plan that adequately meets the requirements of international, regional and to a larger extent European law.
The aim of this project is to protect the environment by implementing a reception scheme for waste and cargo residues from ships and the adequacy of Port Reception Facilities.
Accordingly, in 2018, EMSA published an infographic with that year’s results, presenting what the project achieved. Consequently, in 2018 225 possible oil spills were detected, whereas 704 cleanset images were delivered.
Concluding, according to ESPO’s report on waste management in the EU, for European ports ship waste has been one of the main environmental priorities, with ESPO proposing to set a limit on waste covered by the 100% fixed fee, that would cover normal quantities of waste delivered by a certain type and size of ship.