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Ilfracombe Harbour Authority


Ilfracombe Harbour Office The Pier, Ilfracombe North Devon, EX34 0DL Telephone: 01271 862108 Fax: 01271 879130 Email: [email protected]

10 April 2010

Ilfracombe Harbour Waste Management Plan

References: a. The International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78). Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003. SI 2003 No. 1809. Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities)(Amendment) Regulations 2009. SI 2009 No. 1176. Merchant Shipping (Prevention of pollution by sewage and garbage from ships) Regulations 2008. SI 2008 No. 3257. Port Waste Management Planning ­ A Guide to Good Practice. MCA publication dated 2 July 2003. Port Waste Reception Facilities Regulations ­ Marine Guidance Notices (MGN 387 (M+F). Sea Fish Responsible Fishing ­ Specification of good practice for Fishing Vessels. BSi publication May 2006.







Introduction 1. Since 1998 UK legislation has required Ports and arbours to draw up waste management plans for Maritime and Coastguard Agency approval. The UK requirements have since been updated in accordance with the references which themselves transpose the EU Directive on port waste facilities for ship generated waste. The regulations call for `adequate' reception facilities that do not cause undue delay to vessels using them. This means that Ilfracombe Harbour must be capable of receiving types and quantities of prescribed wastes from vessels normally using the harbour, taking into account the operational needs of users, its size and geographical location, the types of vessels calling and any exemptions provided for. Ilfracombe Harbour is a naturally formed harbour that provides good shelter from the majority of weather systems experienced in the UK, except those winds and swell patterns from the North East. It is the only harbour along this stretch of North Devon from Minehead to Barnstaple, which provides such shelter and therefore is an important bolthole to transiting leisure and commercial craft. This has been taken into account when preparing the plan.



Responsibility for implementation of the waste management plan rests with the Harbour Master in consultation with the Harbour Board and as directed by the Harbour Authority. Before the issue of the original Waste Management Plan at Ilfracombe the Harbour Authority was required to consult widely. The consultation was with persons and organisations, appearing to the authority to be representative of those affected by the provision and use of waste reception facilities at the harbour. In addition the Authority has liased with the MCA Environmental Quality Branch regarding `Exemptions' for the passenger vessels that run into Ilfracombe. It has been agreed that the special nature of passenger ship operations at Ilfracombe precludes detailed scrutiny and that this plan can be accepted prior to further MCA consultation with the relevant shipping companies. It is expected that further consultation will take place within the review period of this plan in order to keep abreast of changing legislation and customer needs and expectations. In deciding what facilities to provide, the Harbour Authority has undertaken an assessment of quantities and types of waste that might be deposited at the Harbour. The results of this assessment are at Annex A. 4 commercial passenger vessels use the harbour, the largest has the capacity to carry up to 740 passengers. There are 2 large fishing trawlers permanently based at the Harbour and a number of smaller fishing vessels and potters, all of which are under 20 metres in length. The 2 trawlers have signed up to the Sea fish Responsible Fishing Scheme, which covers all aspects of the vessels operation, including waste management and other environmental considerations.





Legislation 8. The regulations at the references require Ilfracombe Harbour Authority to prepare, maintain and keep under regular review a `Waste Management Plan'. The plan is to include the provision and use of facilities for the reception of prescribed wastes from ships and boats using the harbour. The International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78) contains guidance on the requirements for effective waste management. The Annexes of MARPOL refer to specific waste categories. Those that affect Ilfracombe, and the manner in which that waste is dealt with, are contained within this plan.


The Plan 10. A map showing the Ilfracombe Harbour Authority area of responsibility and the waste disposal facilities contained therein is at Annex C. The map forms

the basis of the plan and is a stand-alone document which itself is called the `Ilfracombe Harbour Waste Management Plan'. 11. Dirty ballast and machinery oil waste Waste can be discharged into road tankers belonging to approved contractors only. 72 hours notice is required for this facility. Small amounts of less than 5 litres can be disposed of at a local recycling centre. Quantities of greater than 5 litres, but less than 200 gallons can be collected by a local contractor. MARPOL ANNEX I 12. Chemical wastes from noxious liquid substances Liquid substances carried in bulk can be discharged into road tankers belonging to approved contractors only. A waste declaration document will be required identifying components of waste and it's concentrations. Unknown waste will require sampling which can take up to 2 weeks. 72 hours notice is required for this facility. MARPOL ANNEX II 13. Chemical sewage waste Waste can be disposed of at the chemical toilet discharge point marked on the map at Annex C. Bulk sewage can be discharged into road tankers belonging to approved contractors only. 48 hours notice is required for this facility. MARPOL ANNEX IV 14. Garbage A garbage collection point for visiting boats is provided as marked on the map at Annex C. This is for the use of leisure and pleasure craft only. The 1100 ltr wheely bin is emptied twice weekly. Small amounts of garbage waste, collected at sea by commercial fishermen, can be disposed of in this facility by prior arrangement with the Harbour Master. Several smaller litterbins are situated around the Harbour area for the use of the general public. All other waste from commercial operators needs a special collection from approved contractors or via the Harbour Master. 24 hours notice is required for this service. MARPOL ANNEX V 14. Recycling Recycling facilities for glass bottles and jars, paper, tins and plastic bottles exist at the harbour as marked on the map at Annex C. More comprehensive recycling facilities exist at the Killacleave recycling centre.


Costs Under the `polluter pays' principle, ships should bear the cost of providing reception, treatment and disposal of waste, but the cost of using port waste reception facilities should not be so high that it encourages disposal of waste at sea. The regulations state that, "All ships, except fishing vessels (of whatever size) or recreational craft authorised to carry, or designed to carry, no more than 12 passengers, must pay the port or terminal a mandatory charge, which makes a significant contribution to the cost of port waste reception facilities, irrespective of the actual use of the facilities". However, as there is no specific requirement for any further waste reception facilities at Ilfracombe the cost of any special facility provided on an ad hoc basis is borne in full by the ship.


Consultation The Ilfracombe Harbour Board and Harbour Forum meet regularly throughout the year and waste management can be discussed at these times. All alleged inadequacies of the plan should be reported through these fora or to the Harbour Office direct.

Annex A to Ilfracombe's Waste Management Plan dated 30 April 2010 ASSESSMENT OF WASTE DISPOSAL TYPES AND QUANTITIES 1. MV Oldenburg visits Ilfracombe Harbour approximately 100 times a year but uses it's own resources for waste disposal. On occasions the Oldenburg may require to land large rubbish skips. The rubbish is waste material from Lundy Island and may contain food waste. These skips are to be landed, emptied and re-embarked on the same visit alongside in order to avoid health and hygiene issues and also to avoid contravention of the Environment Agency `Transfer Station' regulations. 2. The Waverley and Balmoral collectively visit approximately 50 times during the year. They rarely have a requirement to land waste at Ilfracombe. If a refuse collection is required it is arranged at the Council's standard rate. The total requirement for this type of waste disposal is not envisaged to exceed 200 bags per annum. 3. Severn Link operations are due to commence in 2010 and consultation with the company have identified that there is no additional requirement for facilities over and above that provided for other visiting ships. 4. Approximately 600 private yachts/motor vessels visit Ilfracombe Harbour during the summer months. This generates approximately 10 bags of domestic waste a week. The 1100 litre wheel bin, which is kept adjacent to the Harbour Office, holds approximately 15 full bin bags and is therefore considered fit for purpose. 5. Refuse from locally based boats is collected as part of the daily litter and refuse collection or disposed of personally by individual boatmen. This generates approximately 10 bags of rubbish a week, which current collection routines adequately cover. 6. Small quantities of waste oil are generated by local commercial and pleasure boats during engine oil changes. No facilities exist for its disposal or storage at the Harbour. Quantities of less than 5 litres can be disposed of locally at the Killacleave Recycling Centre; this facility is free of charge. For quantities of over 5 litres, but less than 200 gallons, a local contractor is available who will collect and dispose of it (see Annex B for details). 7. Sewage from small vessels with chemical toilets is taken to the disposal point as marked on the attached plan at Annex C. There is no further demand for sewage waste at present. 8. Local boatmen are becoming increasingly aware of the environment. This has resulted in an ever increasing amount of flotsam being returned to the harbour for disposal. Areas for the dropping of this waste have been designated and waste is collected as part of the daily collection service.

Annex B to Ilfracombe's Waste Management Plan dated 10 April 2010

LIST OF APPROVED CONTRACTORS Biffa Waste Services Sealand Services VIRIDOR Dry Waste Wet Waste 01822 860297 (MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV) 01752 847737 (MARPOL Annexes I, II, V) 01271 345123 (MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV, V) 01752 403780 01271 340394 (MARPOL Annex V) 01884 861000 (MARPOL Annex I, II, IV) 01271 377377 01271 861395 (MARPOL Annex I, II, IV) 01271 863223 (MARPOL Annex I)

NDDC Spirebourne

Hitech Bright Marine (Up to 200 gallons of waste oil) Killacleave Recycling Centre (Up to 5 litres of waste oil)

01271 867284 (MARPOL Annex I)


Annex C to Ilfracombe's Waste Management Plan dated 10 April 2010

Chemical Toilet Disposal point

Litter Bin

Visiting Boat Garbage Point

Recycling point


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