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Best practice guidelines for waste reception facilities at ports, marinas and boat harbours in Australia and New Zealand

ANZECC Strategy to Protect the Marine Environment
Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council, 1997
ISBN 0 6463 3805 6

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About the guidelines

The following Guidelines will assist managers of commercial ports, marinas, boat harbours, and administering authorities, to ensure the provision of facilities and services for the reception of wastes from vessels. The Guidelines provide information relating to ongoing management, as well as for the planning and establishment of new services and facilities.

The scope of required facilities and services will depend on the types and quantities of wastes carried by visiting vessels and the needs of the operators of those vessels. At large commercial ports, there may be a significant demand for reception facilities that cater for a wide range of shipboard wastes including waste oil and oily mixtures, noxious liquids, sewage and garbage. At small boat harbours, where the normal traffic is limited to recreational and fishing vessels, a solid waste bin and a drum for waste oil may suffice. In all cases, the provision of waste reception facilities should be addressed as part of an overall management plan.

Managers of commercial ports may already be familiar with the Comprehensive Manual on Port Reception Facilities published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). These Guidelines are intended to complement and supplement the IMO Manual, by providing 'local' guidance relative to environmental regulatory requirements, standards and practices, and the availability of facilities in Australia and New Zealand. Readers wishing to obtain a more comprehensive coverage of the topic should refer to the IMO Manual and the other reference sources listed in the Guidelines.

Preparation of the Guidelines involved extensive consultation with a representative sample of port, marina and boat harbour managers and clients, and other stakeholders. Wherever possible, comments and input from members of these consultative groups was incorporated into the Guidelines.

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