3 - General requirements for MARPOL Annex VI reception facilities
3.1 Treatment and disposal of ODS and EGCS residues
Taking into consideration its own local and national environmental laws and regulations as well as applicable international regulations and treaties, a Party should adopt strategies for collection, storage, transport, treatment and disposal of ODS and EGCS residues. Strategies for managing MARPOL Annex VI wastes should be safe and environmentally benign and based on industry best practices and best available technologies, and taking into account the local infrastructure. Parties are highly encouraged to make regular updates to the availability of Annex VI reception facilities in the Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) at: http://gisis.imo.org/Public/.
3.2 Composition of EGCS residues
Residues may contain sulphates, ash/soot, metals and hydrocarbons removed from the wash water. Specifically it may contain sulphite salts (CaSOx) and may also include other metal sulphites (NaSOx and KSOx) and metal oxides and including Vanadium (V), Nickel (Ni), Magnesium (Mg), Aluminium (Al), Iron (Fe), and Silicon (Si).
3.3 Training/certification of personnel
Taking into consideration its own local and national laws and regulations Parties should ensure that personnel who process ODS have been properly trained in all personal protective measures to ensure safe handling of such materials and prevent the release of ODS to the atmosphere. Administrations should develop a certification system whereby letters or certificates are issued to qualified shore side personnel attesting to proper training for handling ODS and equipment containing ODS and operating disposal equipment. Such equipment should comply with rigorous standards for operation and be certified and/or approved.
3.4 Sufficient capacity for the throughput of trade and the likely volumes to be handled
Parties should undertake to evaluate the types and capacities of ships using their ports and terminals to determine the quantities of ODS and EGCS residues likely to be generated. Parties should ensure that ports and terminals have the capacity to collect and store, if necessary, ODS and EGCS residues from any and all ships that use its ports terminals. If capacity from several ports or terminals, including remotely located ports or terminals, is to be pooled then a Party should ensure that the capacity of such a pooled resource is sufficient for all facilities using it.
3.5 Provision of documentation for custody transfer from ship to reception facility
The Organization published MEPC.1/Circ.671, A Guide to Good Practice for Port Reception Facility Providers and Users. This user friendly guidance includes Appendix 2, MEPC.1/Circ.644, Advance Notification Form (ANF); and MEPC.1/Circ.645 Waste Delivery Receipt (WDR). These standard forms may be used by ship masters and port reception facility operators to document the transfer of wastes by type and quantity from ships to shore side reception facilities. When providing advanced notification to a port or terminal that Annex VI reception facilities will be required, the ANF may be used. Where reception facility operators are required to provide to the ship a receipt for ODS and/or EGCS residues, the WDR may be used.