In the Netherlands, ships have to comply with the Wet voorkoming verontreiniging door schepen (Prevention of Pollution from Ships Act). Seagoing ships are obliged to pay a waste charge for the collection and processing of ship-generated waste. In return for this, the seagoing ship's delivery costs - or part of them - will be refunded.
In principle, ship-generated waste should always be delivered when calling at one of the ports in the North Sea Canal Area. However, if certain conditions are met, ships are exempt from that obligation
Please consult these conditions here.
|Next port of call||Annex I1||Annex IV||Annex V2|
|Next port EU3-port||The master can refrain from delivery of sludge and/or bilge water if at least 25% tank capacity remains for this type of waste.||The master can refrain from delivery of annex IV waste if at least 25% tank capacity remains for this type of waste.||The master can refrain from delivery of annex V waste if at least 75% capacity remains for this type of waste.|
|Next port not an EU3-port and/or the next port unknown||The master can refrain from delivery of sludge and/or bilge water if at least 75% tank capacity remains for this type of waste.||The master can refrain from delivery of annex IV waste if at least 25% tank capacity is left for this type of waste.||100% (dedicated) capacity4 should be available for this type of waste.|
1 Annex I: Capacity sludge- and bilge tank are to be judged separately. Capacities of the tanks are to be found on the supplement of the IOPP certificate.
2 Annex V: See MARPOL Annex V (resolution MEPC.201(62)) of de 2012 Guidelines for the Implementation of MARPOL Annex V (resolution MEPC.219(63)).
3 EU: Includes Iceland, Norway and Russia and the EU-countries.
4100% is to be judged during the inspection. Mandatory delivery should be proportional.
- Sufficient (dedicated) capacity of annex V is based on the garbage management plan.
- In case of mandatory waste delivery, all waste of that type should be discharged.
- Anchorage/Mooring counts as ‘next port unknown’ unless a ship only visits EU ports.
The waste charge must always be paid when calling at one of the ports in the North Sea Canal Area, even if you are not going to deliver any ship-generated waste.
The waste charge depends on the GT of the seagoing ship
|Gross Tonnage||Waste charge|
|Less than 3000 GT||EUR 100 + 0,06 * GT size (rounded to whole euros)|
More than 3001 GT
|EUR 280 + 0,01 * GT size (rounded to whole euros with a maximum of EUR 580)|
Environmentally-friendly ships are granted a discount
If your seagoing ship's main propulsion machinery is fuelled exclusively with marine gas oil, marine diesel oil, or LNG, you may be granted a reduction of 25% of the waste charge.
For delivery of ship-generated waste, the following refunds apply to the various GT size categories
Type of waste
Refund of waste delivery costs
EUR 200 + EUR 15 for every m3 of waste collected
1) EUR 200 + EUR 25 for every m3 of waste collected, with a maximum of 6 m3. The delivery of clean separated plastic waste above 6 m3 is free.
The refund of the delivery costs will be paid by the Meldpunt Scheepsafval (Ship-generated Waste Department) to the Port Waste Reception Facility. The Port Waste Reception Facility will subsequently deduct this refund from the invoice of the delivering seagoing ship. The Port Waste Reception Facility may charge the seagoing ship or its shipping company directly for a number of costs, including the following ones:
- Waste being delivered that falls outside the refund for delivery costs;
- Types of waste being delivered that fall outside the types mentioned above;
- Additional costs due to domestic waste and small dangerous waste having been mixed;
- Additional costs due to shortcomings caused by the ship.
Please consult the criteria for the tariffs
- The ship’s GT size is determined by the International Tonnage Certificate (1969).
- For each visit, a seagoing ship pays only once for the waste charge. In return, it receives delivery entitlements - one for Annex I and one for Annex V.
- For each visit, a maximum of two port reception facilities can be used. If the ship shifts berth within the region and has already delivered Annex I or Annex V waste, the next waste delivery falls outside the delivery entitlement.
- The total m3 of waste collected applies to the ship indicated on the S Form or S Forms.
- The total m3 of waste collected will then be rounded up to whole m3.
- The limit of m3 of Annex I waste is equal to the storage capacity of the engine room of the ship mentioned on the Supplement to the International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate;
- The fixed amount of EUR 200 will be paid to the shipping company or shipping agent that has appointed the port reception facility. The refund will be paid only once for Annex I and only once for Annex V.
- If the port reception facility uses the same tool for a simultaneous collection of Annex I and Annex V waste, the fixed amount of EUR 200 will be paid only once.
- The port reception facility is responsible for invoicing the correct amount of delivery entitlement to the ship or the shipping company. The agent has a monitoring role in this regard.
- Should any disputes arise regarding the amount of delivery entitlement, the Meldpunt Scheepsafval (Ship-generated Waste Department) will decide.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Division Harbourmaster at +31 (0)20 5234 600 choose 2.