Ships calling Hamburg are now able to dispose of six times the amount of ships’ waste at no extra cost in the city’s universal port. This has been determined by the new Ship Waste Discharge Regulation (SchiffAbgV) introduced by the Hamburg Senate on 3 July 2015. Hamburg launched the incentive to prevent waste from ships being dumped illegally into the sea. Every year, an estimated 20,000 cubic meters of waste land land on the seabed of the North Sea.
Danger to the Ecosystem
“As Germany’s largest port, we want to contribute to preventing the illegal waste disposal at sea. Hamburg thus reassign the fees for ship fees, allowing ships disposing a six times higher amount of residual waste at no extra cost”, says Jens Kerstan, Hamburg Minister of the Environment. “Plastic waste pollutes the oceans. Up to 600,000 cubic meters of garbage are suspected alone to cover the seabed of the North Sea. Ship waste on the seabed is a major problem for fish, plants and the marine ecosystem. Plastic takes hundreds of years until it breaks down. Degrading micro-plastic enters the food chain and kills seabirds.”
Sixfold Amount at No Extra Cost
In the Port of Hamburg, any ship will be able to dispose of the six times higher amount of waste regardless of vessel size. The cost of a standard disposal of waste from the shipping industry, including the ship sanitation, remained unchanged dependent on vessel size between 10 and 105 euro.
The adopted ship waste charges regulation were realigned to meet the changes in fleet structure since fewer but much larger vessels call at the port of Hamburg. For the first time, a quantitative limit for sanitation has been introduced. In addition, the allowances for oil residues have been increased. The disposal of residues (scrubbersludge) from gas cleaning systems will be subsidised with up to 450 euro in future.
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