The temporary storage of garbage or tank washings from ships at a port - paragraph 36 exemption

A paragraph 36 exemption allows the temporary storage of waste, either garbage(1) or tank washings(2), at a harbour or terminal, from ships(3) that normally use that harbour or terminal.

Waste stream(s) permitted

Garbage or tank washings from ships.


The amount of garbage landed for storage must not exceed 20 cubic metres from each ship.

Storage and location

Garbage must be stored for no more than 7 days.

Tank washings being stored which consist of dirty ballast must not exceed more than 30% of the total deadweight of the ships from which they are landed.

Tank washings being stored which contain oil must not exceed 1% of the total deadweight of the ships from which they are landed.

Additional conditions

The waste reception facility must be subject to and in accordance with the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003


  1. “Garbage” means all kinds of victual, domestic and operational waste excluding fresh fish and parts thereof, generated during the normal operation of the ship and liable to be disposed of continuously or periodically, except sewage originating from ships.
  2. “Washings” means waste residues from the tanks (other than the fuel tanks) or holds of a ship or waste arising from the cleaning of such tanks or holds.
  3. “ Ship” means a vessel of any type whatsoever operating in the marine environment including submersible craft, floating craft and any structure which is a fixed or floating platform.

What the legislation says

The full wording of the paragraph 36 exemption can be found in Schedule 2 of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003. 

Relevant Objectives in relation to the disposal or recovery of waste are given in paragraph 4 of Schedule 3 to the Regulations.

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