Atlantic Blue Ports selected
The proposal submitted to the Interreg program of the Atlantic area (www.atlanticarea.eu) has been officially selected in May 2017. Its goal: to mobilise the maritime community of the Atlantic Area to define in consensus advanced port services for the reception and treatment of ships effluents - starting from oiled and ballast water.
The Port Reception Facility Convention
Within MARPOL, and more precisely tthe European PRF Convention, shipping companies are required to discharge waste and effluents in ports; ports are required to provide convinient facilities to receive and enable treatment of these waste. All parties are convinced by the relevance of the convention, but a consensus on "convinient PRF" is still to be established. What does it mean on an operational and economic point of view?
The Ballast Water Management Convention
Proliferation of alien species is one new threat for coastal ecosystems and discharge at sea of ballast water is one identified source of aliens. In response, the IMO produced the BW Management Convention. It imposes ballast water treatment, firstly for most concerned categories of ships. Despite a consensus on its relevance, the Convention raises questions on its economic impacts on shipping. Could ports provide complementary or alternatives solutions to reduce these impacts?
The project "Blue Port Services"
A consortium of 28 partners and associated partners, from the whole Atlantic Area was setup in 2017 to find solutions to the questions arised by the application of these two conventions.
Its selection by the Interreg Atlantic program opens a 32 months period of cooperation to define and to test advanced solutions in consensus between all parties.