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Frequently Asked Questions Open House: Ship's Waste (HAP)

A cleaner sea through well-regulated collection of shipping waste. With that goal in mind, the Port Waste Plan establishes that every seagoing vessel must make a financial contribution to the collection, transportation and processing of shipping waste. A seagoing vessel therefore always pays an environmental charge when calling at seaports within the EU, regardless of whether the vessel will also deliver the ship's waste. The ship's waste is collected by collectors who receive an indirect contribution for this (disposal fee).

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In Mercell,the online environment, a question has been added in which you can indicate annexes for which you want to enter into an agreement. No separation is possible within the Annex, so for Annex V this also applies to KGA.

Article 9 of the agreement only has the intent that the collector indemnify PoA for third-party claims. The collector can achieve this by including such a provision with the ship delivering the waste.

The VCA can serve as one of the proofs but in addition, other relevant documents are also possible such as a national permit to collect hazardous ship waste.
The relevant safety documents must be submitted for the annexes for which you perform work.

Fees and compensations/reimbursements

The ship owner pays through a direct bill (from the port reception facility). Additional costs are paid directly to the collector. See the port waste plan for the amount of indirect fees for Annex I, IV and VI.

Yes, we consider this reimbursement this for annex I as 30% coverage averaged across all vessels. The height of this compensation has been coordinated with the port reception facilities.
The indirect environmental fee paid by the ship when calling at this area covers 30% of the costs for Annex I listed in Annex 4 of Directive 2019/883, averaged over all deliveries on an annual basis. The vessel owner pays the additional costs directly to the port reception facility.

Rates are adjusted once a year, of course, in consultation with the industry.


A 24/7 organization is necessary ivm the requirement laid down in article 6, second paragraph of the Prevention of Pollution from Ships Act that the port reception facility is such that no unnecessary delay is caused to the ships using it. Handling on weekends is therefore necessary.

Enforcement takes place in such a way that the port authority knows when a ship arrives and has reported that it wants to drop off waste and thus knows whether the ship can dispose of its waste over the weekend. Revocation will not be an immediate issue: it is preceded by warnings. If these lights are repeatedly violated, revocation of the permit and termination of the agreement is an option.

The charge will only be imposed if the violator/permit holder is to blame. Thus, if you pick up trash before receiving the notice, you are taking a risk.

No, the requirement is in the permit. See Article 6.1 of the HOV permit.

In all cases when the collector cannot perform the requested service. Then the collector should notify port of Amsterdam immediately.