Use of MARPOL ANNEX V Reception Facilities and Disposal Systems at Selected Gulf of Mexico Ports, Private Terminals and Recreational Boating Facilities

by Dewayne Hollin, Texas A&M Univ, Bryan, United States,
Mike Liffmann, Texas A&M Univ, Bryan, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


A 1991 survey conducted by the Sea Grant College Programs at Texas A&M Univ and Louisiana State Univ of selected Gulf of Mexico public ports, private terminals and recreational marinas sought to determine the garbage and other waste handling practices at these shoreside installations; the nature, costs, and adequacy of the facilities; the extent of use of the facilities and implications of additional MARPOL ANNEX V requirements in the Gulf of Mexico. Results of the survey of 61 respondents indicated that most ports utilize third party contractors to offload and dispose of ship-generated waste; about ten percent of the international vessels utilized approved reception facilities at ports or private terminals, even though most feel the receptive facilities are adequate; the cost of disposing of APHIS waste is about $1.00 per pound and unrestricted waste about $10.00 per ton; the most common user complaint is cost of reception services, box APHIS waste, and about one-third of the ports perceive that vessels still dump at sea.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Terminal facilities | Recreational facilities | Waste disposal | Recycling | Water-based recreation | Harbor facilities | Gulf of Mexico | Louisiana | United States | Mexico

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