Reception Facilities & MARPOL Annex V

Reception facilities & MARPOL Annex V

The database of “update on ship-terminal reporting, v.8” is available for INTERCARGO members (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy). It lists 301 ports/terminals with port reception facility issues and/or ship-terminal interface problems in relation to:

  • Anchorage,
  • Cargo shortage,
  • Corruption,
  • Crew shore leave,
  • Depth of berth,
  • Length of berth,
  • Loading/unloading,
  • Mooring,
  • Ship to ship transfer (STS).

INTERCARGO members are encouraged to request their bulk carriers to use the attached “Template - Terminal Report, v.5.1” and report port reception facility issues and ship-terminal interface problems.

It would be helpful for the following view to be voiced at meetings and conferences and channelled to flag State administrations to promote their support for port State authorities to:

  • provide incentives in order for ports and terminals to increase investment in the provision of adequate PRFs.
  • Arrange floating plants in ports such as barges, in order to reduce discharge times rather than relying on trucks and portable tanks;
  • Receive HME cargo residues and hold washing water containing such residues without additional fees or, if not, charges should at the very least be at a reasonable level, reflecting the service provided and not as a disincentive to use the service;
  • Arrange HME washing water treatment plants to be located as close as possible to ports or PRFs.


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12 Feb 2016:-

INTERCARGO et al jointly submitted a paper to IMO, proposing a draft MEPC circular addressing concerns about the availability of Port Reception Facilities (PRF) to receive cargo hold washwater containing solid bulk cargo residues deemed harmful to the Marine Environment. Click here to download the paper "MEPC 69-11-2 - Draft MEPC circular on the provision of port reception facilities for cargoes declared as... ( Marshall Islands, INTERCARGO...)."

The paper suggests that enforcement of MARPOL V would be enhanced by recognising that the provision of appropriate facilities to receive potentially considerable quantities of hold washing water may be inadequately described in the GISIS entry for some ports and terminals. Furthermore, it is suggested that an alignment of the 2012 Guidelines for the implementation of MARPOL Annex V (resolution MEPC. 219(63) as amended and promulgated through the 2017 Edition of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC Code) would encourage the provision of appropriate PRF with appropriate environmental concerns addressed through the retention of safeguards promoted in MEPC.1/Circ.810.

12 Feb 2016:-
Based on Member's recent feedback on port reception facilities and problems faced during ship’s stay in some ports, the enclosed "Progress update of INTERCARGO Terminal Reporting and difficulties with HME residue reception facilities" is a summary of recent reports for reference.

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draft v.1.1, Dec 2015

In accordance with MARPOL Annex V, the management of the residues of solid bulk cargoes depends primarily on the classification of a solid bulk cargo as to whether it is harmful to the marine environment (HME) or non-HME.