The system of waste collection from ships, introduced on February 1, 2004 by the Seaports of Szczecin and Swinoujscie, provides the development of ship-generated waste in accordance with the laws.
The system of waste collection from ships is mandatory, which means that all operators in the port of Szczecin and Swinoujscie and all ships using wharves located within these two ports are obliged to use it. Only inland vessels are excluded from this system.
In accordance with the Regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure of 21 December 2002 on waste and cargo residues management plan (Journal of Laws No. 236, item 1989 of 2002) Ports Authority developed "A waste and cargo residues management plan in the seaport of Szczecin" and "A waste and cargo residues management plan in the seaport of Swinoujscie". Plans have been agreed with port users and approved by the decision of the Marshal of the
Westpomeranian Region issued for the seaport of Szczecin and the seaport of Swinoujscie.
The plans are the basis for the system of waste collection from ships and are available at the Department of Environment Protection and Industrial Safety of the Ports Authority.
The system of waste collection from ships in the ports of Szczecin and Swinoujscie indirectly prevents pollution of the Baltic Sea area. Pollutants discharged from ships into the sea and port waters harm living resources and aquatic ecosystems by damaging their ecological and aesthetic values, and also are a threat to human health and life.
By delivering waste from ships to port reception facilities available in the ports we have a chance to preserve the irreplaceable value of the aquatic environment of the Baltic Sea area and its exceptional hydrographic and ecological characteristics.
Remember, by working together we can protect and regulate the condition of the surrounding environment by preserving its ecological balance.