Port waste management plan for seagoing navigation

During their voyage, vessels produce ship-generated waste. When unloading cargo, waste can remain behind. Consequently, it is important that vessels can deliver their vessel and cargo waste in the port. North Sea Port compiled its engagements on waste management in a waste management plan that is valid from January 1, 2018 up to and including December 31, 2020.


Each seagoing vessel that calls at the port financially contributes to the collection and processing of ship-generated waste, whether it makes use of a facility or not. That is the starting point. Because both on an international and a national level, it is tried to regulate and decrease pollution by seagoing vessels at sea. Instead, ports have to offer facilities for ship-generated waste. This waste comprises for example food rests from the crew, household waste (such as plastic, cardboard, paper), waste oil and maintenance waste from the engine room such as soot, engine parts, paint rests and cleaning cloths. But also waste that has to be put away from loading operations. These are for instance cargo remnants in the holds or in the tanks of the ship after unloading or cleaning.

The captain of a ship or his agent have to notify all information on ship-generated waste to North Sea Port by making use of the electronic port information system ENIGMA (compulsory). All notifications, obligations and where which kinds of waste can be delivered are provided for in the information system. The system is equally used for the whole of the financial transactions. The ease of use of the customers is of course the first matter of importance.

Below, you can find North Sea Port’s waste management plan (in Dutch) with the necessary information on reduced contributions and exemptions (also in Dutch) as laid down by OVAM (public Flemish waste agency).