Ships’ waste from seagoing shipping

Vessels produce ships' waste during continental and intercontinental voyages. In addition, cargo residues are left behind after the unloading of specific product flows. Seagoing vessels can dispose of all kinds of ships’ waste at the ports of Rotterdam, Schiedam, Vlaardingen, Maassluis, Moerdijk and Dordrecht. Are you an inland shipping skipper? Read more about ships’ waste from inland shipping.

Depositing waste

Seagoing vessels can dispose of ships’ waste at the port reception facilities. Under international legislation (UN/IMO/MARPOL73/78 and EU Directive 2000/59/EG), all seaports are obliged to facilitate adequate port reception facilities for ships’ waste from seagoing shipping. Port reception facilities can collect ships’ waste by means of mobile collecting facilities (vessels or vehicles) or fixed facilities (storage tanks). The collectors take the deposited waste by truck or barge to authorised waste processing companies. The Port Waste Handling Plan contains more information about depositing waste. A list of port reception facilities in the seaports of Dordrecht, Maassluis, Moerdijk, Rotterdam, Schiedam and Vlaardingen is also available.


As of 1 January 2015 a degassing ban for benzene (UN 1114) applies in the provinces of South Holland and North Brabant. Vessels intending to degas this substance must do so at a port reception facility.

Waste disposal fees

The fees for the disposal of waste can be obtained from the designated collectors. The amount of the contributions and rights of disposal for all seagoing vessels are given in the Port Waste Handling Plan and the Port Tariffs brochure. Some waste flows are subject to indirect funding: vessels pay a contribution and are reimbursed (part of) the costs of disposal. The Port Waste Handling Plan 2015 contains extensive information.

Used plastic becomes a lifebuoy, scrap metal turns into a ship’s bell and heat from incinerated household waste is a source of energy.

Together with several other parties, the Port Authority strives to reduce the plastic soup, the growing amount of plastic in seas and oceans. This is done as part of the Green Deal Ships’ Waste Supply Chain. We work on limiting the amount of waste on board through waste prevention when vessels stock up. Separate storage on board of plastic waste is further improved and it is collected separately in the ports. We recycle ships’ waste in the ports. Because waste does not belong in the sea.

Would you like to know more? Watch the film Too Good to Waste

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