Ship Waste Management in the Port of Patra, Greece

Research Area: Volume 11, Issue 2, Mar. 2022 Year: 2022
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: Ship-Generated Waste, Cargo Residues, Waste Management, Recycling, Marpol, Sewage
  • Chrysanthos Golonis
  • Thrasivoulos Maragozoglou
  • Aikaterini Rigou
Journal: IJEIR Volume: 11
Number: 2 Pages: 18-28
Month: March
ISSN: 2277-5668
The port of Patra’s in Greece, is one of the most important ports of the European Union; it is also one of the largest passenger ports in the Eastern Mediterranean basin, which manages many passengers and vehicles annually for international destinations. The operation of the port has affected the coastal zone due to the fact that ports produce, receive and handle a large volume of various types of waste each year and is considered by the port authorities as one of the most important environmental issues to be addressed. This document explores the management and disposal options for ship waste generated and the associated impact of waste on the port of Patra’s. The provisions of the Plan apply to all ships approaching the port area and the sea anchorage of the port. Data on ship traffic and the quantity and characteristics of waste by contractors for the disposal of the ship's waste generated were provided by the Port Authority. The measures to be applied are laid down in the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution (Annex IV to MARPOL 73/78 – Prevention of pollution from sewage from ships). This Convention concerns the protection of the marine environment by ships as a result of the operation of maritime accidents. It is intended to deal with pollution from oil leaks, liquid and bulk harmful substances or even in packaged form, as well as waste water, waste and air pollutants from the ship or other marine incinerator gases. In this paper the purpose is to analyses the log data on the quantity and type of waste produced as well as information on waste management and storage. In conclusion, measures should be implemented with regard to documentation and operational control, monitoring and measurement. Recycling methods should be made more economically attractive and if reduced fees could be negotiated. Port authorities are advised to work on self-financing program to reduce and recover costs and increase revenue.

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