The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomed particularly the proposal to strengthen the ‘polluter pays’ principle by discouraging the delivery of unreasonable quantities of garbage, including dangerous waste, for a fixed fee, noting that this proposal will better protect marine environment by increasing quantities of waste delivered at ports.

According to ESPO, the proposal seeks to make sure that ships deliver their garbage at every port call and don’t skip waste deliveries to save time. It also avoids that ports have to pay the extra costs of delivering amounts of garbage that exceed the normal quantities generated between two ship calls.

The Transport Committee of the European Parliament has clearly voted in favour of a policy that incentivises ships to deliver waste generated on board in the ports. It also encourages ships to limit the waste at the source by preventing ships to deliver unreasonable amounts of waste without paying for it. We believe that the text adopted strikes the right balance between efficiency and responsibility and strengthens the ‘polluter pays’ principle. We are very thankful to the Transport Committee for their very balanced position in what has been from the beginning a technical and complicated piece of legislation,

...says Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO’s Secretary General, on the outcome of the EP vote.

However, ESPO expressed concern over the fact that the Parliament decided to make rebates mandatory for green management of waste on board of ships.

While encouraging ships to work on sustainable waste management, ports believe the decision to give rebates must be taken at port level. Rebates are generally applied to address the local environmental challenges. In some areas, waste pollution is a great environmental concern while in others it is air quality and emissions. Furthermore, mandatory rebates disregard the existence of different business and governance models in ports across Europe.