Workshop on PRF

International Workshop on Port Reception Facilities (PRF) for the Baltic Sea as Special Area according to MARPOL Annex IV

30 June - 1 July 2016 
Wissenschaftszentrum in Kiel, Germany 

Organized by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) in cooperation with the Port of Kiel and Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).


The Baltic Sea is a particularly sensitive while at the same time highly cruised sea. Despite many efforts, the accumulation of nutrients and organic matter in the Baltic Sea, coming from different fields of human activity, including sewage from passenger ships, is too high and has significant effects on the sensitive marine ecosystem. A comprehensive network of Baltic ports with adequate port reception facilities (PRFs) for sewage from passenger ships is needed as are enhanced information exchange and improved cooperation among all involved stakeholder groups.


The workshop therefore aims at participation of 2-3 representatives from each country representing politics, administration, municipal sewage treatment providers, ports, plus cruise/shipping industry and NGOs, to update and inform each other on latest developments including implementation options.


Selected political, technical and legal issues and ways how to address the challenges ahead will be discussed. Enhanced cooperation will be promoted as will be the finding of common solutions such as the identification of best practices and exchange of technical know-how. For further information, please find a Concept Note and the Provisional Agenda for the workshop at the top right of this page.


The workshop will be held on 30 June and 1 July 2016 at the premises of the Wissenschaftszentrum in Kiel, Germany​. It will include a site visit of the Port of Kiel or the Municipal Waste Water Treatment of Kiel, as well as a networking dinner at the end of the first day. Working language is English.


For registration, please fill in the registration form​ and send it to marpol(at) as soon as possible and not later than ​10 June 2016.