MEP Meissner pays working visit to Port of Rotterdam

MEP Ms Gesine Meissner paid a working visit to the Port of Rotterdam and the Port Authority on 4 September. One of the themes that Ronald Paul, Port Authority COO, discussed with Ms Meissner is the European Directive on port reception facilities. The aim of this Directive is to protect the marine environment by reducing the discharge of ships' waste and cargo residues into the sea.

MEP Ms Gesine Meissner visits the port reception facilities in the Port of Rotterdam Botlek area.

The Directive deals specifically with combating illegal discharges from ships calling at European ports. The Port Authority is of the opinion that the Directive is effective, but there are, nevertheless, potential points for improvement.

The Port of Rotterdam benefits from a clean sea and clean beaches. That is why the Port Authority is taking measures to stimulate clean shipping and is supporting various initiatives that help to keep the port clean. For instance, the Port Authority signed a Declaration of Intent in May 2018 for the cleaning of paraffin tankers, clean sea-going vessels will receive a discount on sea port dues and from 2020 inland shipping tankers will no longer be permitted to degas.


We are committed to ensuring that the port and its environs are safe, healthy and appealing. We aim to counter climate change while ensuring that the port area makes a significant contribution to Dutch prosperity and employment.

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