International Workshop on Port Reception Facilities for the Baltic Sea as Special Area according to MARPOL Annex IV will be organized on 30 June – 1 July 2016 in Kiel, Germany.The workshop is organized by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) in cooperation with the Port of Kiel and Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The Baltic Sea is a particularly sensitive while at the same time highly cruised sea. Despite many efforts, the accumulation of nutrients and organic matter in the Baltic Sea, coming from different fields of human activity, including sewage from passenger ships, is too high and has significant effects on the sensitive marine ecosystem. A comprehensive network of Baltic ports with adequate port reception facilities (PRFs) for sewage from passenger ships is needed as are enhanced information exchange and improved cooperation among all involved stakeholder groups. The workshop therefore aims at participation of 2-3 representatives from each country representing politics, administration, municipal sewage treatment providers, ports, plus cruise/shipping industry and NGOs, to update and inform each other on latest developments including implementation options.
Registration by 10 June – workshop in Kiel, Germany for representatives of politics, administration, municipal sewage treatment providers, ports, plus cruise/shipping industry and NGOs.