Ship-generated Waste Management Plan

PPA SA has elaborated and implements a Ship-generated Waste Management Plan, in line with the European Directive 2000/59/EC on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues, as embodied in Greek Legislation, as well as according to the International Convention Marpol 73/78 for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships.

Through the implementation of this Plan, PPA SA aims at the reduction of discharges into the sea and especially the illegal discharges of ship-generated waste and cargo residues from ships calling at European ports, by improving the availability and use of port reception facilities, thereby enhancing the protection of the marine environment.

PPA SA Ship-generated Waste Management Plan applies to all ships, calling at PPA SA port area, irrespective of the flag they fly. According to this Plan, PPA SA provides port reception facilities, adequate to meet the needs of all kind of ships that normally call at PPA SA port area, without causing them undue delay.

PPA SA, while designing its port reception facilities, takes into consideration the type of ships that normally call at its port area, their operating needs and estimates both the type and amount of waste and cargo residues they generate, in order to ensure the adequacy of the PPA SA port reception facilities.

In the PPA SA Ship-generated Waste Management Plan, waste and cargo residues are categorized according to the International Convention Marpol 73/78, as following:

Annex I: Oily waste

Annex II: Noxious liquid substances carried in bulk

Annex III: Harmful substances carried in packaged form

Annex IV: Sewage

Annex V: Garbage

Annex VI:  Ozone-depleting substances

PPA SA provides port reception facilities for all the above-mentioned types of waste and cargo residues, according to the PPA SA Ship-generated Waste Management Plan.

According to this Plan, the ship-generated waste management is divided in:

  1. Liquid waste management
  1. Solid waste management

Liquid waste is:

  • Oily waste (Annex I), including crude oil, fuel oil, sludge and oil refined products, other than petrochemicals, vegetable and animal oil. Oily waste can also be divided in:

- Oily waste generated in the engine department of any type of ship, including used lubricating oil, fuel residues, sludge and oily bilge water,

- Oily waste generated in ship tanks, including oil cargo residues, oily tank washings, dirty ballast water etc.


  • Noxious liquid substances carried in bulk (Annex II), including noxious liquid cargo residues, tank washings and dirty ballast water.
  • Harmful liquid substances carried in packaged form (Annex III)
  • Sewage (Annex IV), generated from ship lavatories, kitchen areas etc.

 

Solid waste is:

  • Domestic waste (Annex V): food waste, packaging materials (plastic, cans etc.), medical wastes, bottles, paper, glass, plastic etc.
  • Operational waste (Annex V), including maintenance waste (machinery maintenance remains, broken parts, rust, oily rags, paint, packaging materials, cargo residues etc.), cargo-associated waste (pallets etc.) and other harmful solid waste (ash of onboard garbage incineration etc.)
  • Harmful solid substances carried in packaged form (Annex III)

PPA SA has also organized the Port Reception Facilities Department in order to ensure the effective operation of the PPA SA port reception facilities.

An innovative technology on the sewage reception services is applied in the Cruise area. More specific, a permanent sewage network is operated in this area and the cruise ships calling at PPA SA Cruise Terminal may discharge their sewage by connecting to this permanent network, which connects to the urban sewage network with final recipient the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Athens in Psittallia. This permanent port sewage reception network was constructed to meet the increased needs of visiting cruise ships during the Olympic Games ‘’Athens 2004’’ and since then many cruise ships have benefitted due to saving of discharge time. Saving of energy and fuel, reduction of air emissions and traffic congestion avoidance are also achieved, in comparison with delivering cruise ship-generated sewage on tanker trucks.