In the framework of the EU funded SAFEMED IV project, DNV-GL was contracted to conduct a study on Waste Reception and Handling Assessment according to the Annexes of MARPOL Annex for the ports of Tripoli, Beirut and Saida in Lebanon. Such activity was scheduled to support the development of a Waste Reception and Handling Plan that adequately meets the requirements of international, regional and to a larger extent European law.
The objective of having an adequate Waste Reception and Handling Plan for ports is to protect the natural environment by ensuring the establishment and the operation of a reception scheme for waste and cargo residues from ships and the adequacy of Port Reception Facilities.
Ship waste does not only affect marine life. There is unquestionable evidence that waste from ships has become a serious social, environmental, economic and health issue worldwide.
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is implementing SAFEMED IV project for technical assistance bringing together national, European and international stakeholders with the aim to raise the safety, security and protection of marine environment standards in the Mediterranean sea, with a view to implement the maritime aspects of the UfM Regional Transport Action Plan 2014-2020.