PPA adjusts waste reception fee at all ports

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Waste reception facility photo from the International Maritime Organization
Waste reception facility photo from the International Maritime Organization

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is prescribing a new waste reception fee at all its ports.

PPA Administrative Order (AO) 01-2020, which takes effect on February 26, is pursuant to PPA Board Resolution No. 2873 and in compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 as modified in 1978 (MARPOL 73/78).

MARPOL 73/78 aims to minimize pollution of the oceans and seas by reducing dumping of oil and air pollution by ships.

AO 01-2020 repeals or modifies all inconsistent issuances. However, the implementing guidelines for MARPOL 73/78 Requirement for Shore Reception Facilities provided in PPA AO 02-2003 will remain valid and enforceable.

Under AO 02-2003, a shore reception facility should be installed at all PPA base ports to provide waste collection and disposal services for ships’ generated wastes. The disposal of garbage from the vessel into the reception facility will be compulsory, with a fixed fee to be imposed on every vessel.

Vessel garbage includes all kinds of victuals, domestic and operational waste excluding fresh fish and parts thereof, generated during the normal operation of the vessel and liable to be disposed of continuously or periodically.

Under AO 01-2020, the fixed fee for collecting 1.0 cubic meter (cu.m.) or less of garbage for domestic vessels is P500 per call for passenger and cargo vessels with capacity of more than 15 passengers and up to 6 gross tonnage (GT); P750 per call for passenger and cargo vessels above 6 GT but not exceeding 400 GT; P1,000 per call for those above 400 GT but not exceeding 1,000 GT; and P2,000 per call for those exceeding 1,000 GT.

Fees for excess garbage are similar to the fixed fees per cu.m., except for vessels exceeding 1,000 GT, as these ships will be imposed a fee of P1,800 per cu.m.

The fee for oily waste and noxious liquid substances (NLS) is P6,500 per cu.m. for all vessels.

Bancas with capacity of less than 15 passengers are exempted from the waste reception fee.

For foreign vessels, waste reception fee for those below 1,000 GT is P10,000 per call and P15,000 per call for those above 1,000 GT. Fees for excess garbage per cu.m. are also the same as the fixed fees, while the fee for oily waste and NLS is P20,000 per cu.m. – Roumina Pablo