Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

HELCOM Cooperation Platform on Port Reception Facilities

Traffic intensity map of all passenger ships in the Baltic Sea region in 2021. The fleet of the passenger ships can be divided into smaller categories. Source: HELCOM Overview 2021.​

The Cooperation Platform has, since 2010 involved the shipping industry, technology providers, ports and national authorities for discussions on outstanding issues around the improvement of sewage PRFs in the region. The outcomes have been reported to HELCOM Maritime group where the competent national administrations of the Baltic Sea countries have provided their input.

By 2013, the work of this Cooperation Platform resulted in the document “HELCOM Interim Guidance on technical and operational aspects of sewage delivery to port reception facilities” which was adopted by the HELCOM 2013 Ministerial Meeting. The Guidance outlined current best practices as well as outstanding issues in terms of PRF improvements and in 2019 a Technical Guidance for the handling of wastewater in Ports of the Baltic Sea Special Area under MARPOL Annex IV was published,

In 2021, the scope of the Platform was widened and the group was subsequently renamed to the “HELCOM Cooperation Platform on Port Reception Facilities”.