1 Introduction

The objectives of this Waste Management Plan is to comply with the requirements of Merchant Shipping (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003 and EU Directive 2000/59EC as a means of effectively managing the facilities for waste disposal provided within the jurisdiction of the Ramsgate Port Authority as set out in the Ramsgate Corporation Act 1934 as amended.

Regulation 4 defines how the provision of waste reception facilities are adequate as follows:

"adequate means capable of receiving the type and quantity of prescribed waste from ships normally using that harbour or terminal taking into account the operational needs of the users of the harbour or terminal, its size and geographical location, the types of ships calling there and any exemptions provided for …."

The regulations apply to all prescribed waste, which are cargo residue, noxious liquid substances and ships general waste.

Ships general waste is defined as:

“Waste and residues generated during the service of the ship which fall into the definition of garbage, oil and oily mixtures”.

Update in accordance with new and amended Port Waste Reception Facilities        (PWRF) legislation and guidance, including:

  • EC Directive 2007/71/EC
  • Merchant Shipping (PWRF)(Amendment) Regs 2009
  • Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Regs 2008
  • Marine Guidance Note 387
  • Marine Guidance Note 358
  • Marine Shipping Notice 1819

Requirement for Port Waste Management Planning

Port waste management planning in the UK and worldwide is a further important step in reducing the impact of shipping on the environment. Ports are required to provide waste reception facilities which are adequate and do not cause undue delay to ships using them. “Adequate” means being capable of receiving all types and quantities of prescribed wastes from ships normally using the Port, taking into account the operational needs of the Port users and the types of ships calling there.

The legal requirements for Ports to plan for the provision of waste reception facilities are set out in international and domestic legislation. A summary of the key legislation relevant to port waste management planning is provided in Annex 1, including:

  • The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from ships 1973, and its1978 Protocol (MARPOL 73/78)
  • EU Directives 2000/59/EC, 2002/84/EC and 2007/71/EC on Port Waste Reception Facilities for Ship-generated Wastes
  • Merchant Shipping & Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003 and its amending legislation in 2009.
  • European Animal By-Products Regulations 1069/2009/EC and 142/2011/EU which are enforced under the Animal by-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2011.
  • The Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, as amended in 2011 and 2012. 2005, as amended, List of Wastes (England) Regulations 2005, as amended, and the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 which implement the revised EC Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC.

The need for Waste Reception Facilities

A variety of commercial ships use the Port, including windfarm vessels, aggregate and dredgers. However, fishing vessels or recreational craft do not normally visit they utilise the Marina.

The Port of Ramsgate monitors and records the types and amounts of ship-generated waste landed in the Port and Harbour (Section 10). This information is analysed in order to determine the need for waste reception facilities and to ensure that the type and capacity of facilities available in the Port match the requirements of port users.

A summary of the type, capacity and cost of waste reception facilities available in the Port is provided in Table 1. The capacity of these waste reception facilities is flexible and unlimited. This waste management system can, therefore, evolve with the changing needs of its users.

1.1 Operations of the Port Authority:

Ramsgate Royal Harbour:

Harbour activities include the following marine areas:

  • Operation of three marinas with a total capacity of 700 berths
  • Commercial fishing boat moorings 25 vessels all under 10 metres in length and under.
  • One commercial jetty capable of handling vessels of up to 70 metres in length.
  • Moorings for HM Customs & Excise vessels and dredging related vessels.
  • Three slipways capable of accommodating vessels of up to 500 tonnes displacement. (operated by Neath Properties (Ramsgate).

Port of Ramsgate:

  • The Port activities the following:
  • Ro-Ro ferry services with three link span berths accepting vessels up to 180 meters in length.
  • Small Aggregate importing facilities accepting vessels up to 90 meters in length.
  • Wind farm companies – London Array and Thanet Offshore provide their own waste management.

1.2 Local Legislation:

Clause 36 Ramsgate Harbour Byelaws:

Removal of Rubbish and Debris to be removed

“The master of every vessel being repaired or otherwise worked on any slip or elsewhere within the harbour shall ensure that no chippings, debris, dirt, rubbish or other matter whatsoever shall be allowed to accumulate on the said slip or elsewhere in the harbour or harbour premises.”

1.3  EU Directive 2000/59/EC

The EU directive forms part of the Port Waste Reception Facilities Regulations 2003 and are set out in the Port Waste Management Planning- Guide to Good Practice.

The requirement for vessels to notify the Port or Terminal before entering of the waste on board and the amounts to be offloaded/retained upon arrival.

This regulation applies to all vessels except fishing vessels, recreational craft authorised or designed to carry no more than 12 passengers, warships and Naval Auxiliary vessels, Class IV & V passenger ships in Category A, B, & C waters, Class VI passenger ships carrying less than 250 passengers, Class VI (A) carrying less than 50 passengers and Class IX (A) passenger ships not proceeding to sea.

(See annex A Information to be notified before entry into the Port of Ramsgate)

1.4  Responsible Person:

The Harbour Master is responsible person for the implementation of this plan.