Aalborg ready to meet PRF directive

07 Mar 2017
The Port of Aalborg in Denmark is to install a waste facility for cruise ships

The Port of Aalborg in Denmark is to install a waste facility for cruise ships

The Port of Aalborg in Denmark is to install a Port Reception Facility (PRF) to enable cruise ships to discharge both black and grey water directly at the terminal by 2018.

The connection will feed directly into the public sewage system where waste water will then pass to be processed at the local waste water treatment plant.

Blackwater is wastewater from bathrooms and toilets that contain fecal matter and urine, otherwise known as sewage or brown water. Greywater is wastewater that comes from sinks, washing machines and bathtubs.

“The climate and environment is important to the port. We have a 88,000 Kw solar power plant, a windturbine, have switched to LED lighting, are running electric cars and we’ve invested in new updated harbour cranes.”

“In fact we consider ourselves to be CO2 neutral now,” Ole Brøndum, Port of Aalborg told GreenPort.

Aalborg’s new facility will be able to receive an unlimited volume, with a rate of about 100-150 cubic metres per hour. The facilities will be in line with the IMO/HELCOM regulations for cruise vessels in the Baltic that will apply to new vessels from 2019 and to all existing vessels from 2021.

It also meets IMO guidelines for Directive 2000/59/EC on Port Reception Facilities for Ship-Generated Waste and Cargo Residues, which is currently under review by the EU.

The main objective of the PRF Directive is to reduce the discharge of ship-generated waste and cargo residues into the sea, by requiring that vessels visiting EU ports deliver waste to these facilities departure.

Organisations such as CLIA and the ECSA want the directive to facilitate and encourage the segregation of waste and recycling via the port reception facility, which they say need to be developed to cover new types of waste.

They also want the discharging requirement at port reception facilities to be correlated to the vessel’s self-sufficiency to carry waste on board and continue to the next port of call without delivering waste.

The revised proposal is expected sometime this year.