1 January 2021 has brought in changes to the Part A of the CDNI Convention on the collection, deposit and reception of waste generated during navigation on the Rhine and other inland waterways. The disposal fee has increased by one euro to EUR 8.50 /1,000 litres of bunkered, tax-free gas oil. This is the first increase since the system came into force exactly 10 years ago.

It was preceded by discussions on the links between the cost of the network of reception stations for ship operating waste, containing oil and grease, and the expected or required service. A wide variety of opinions emerged.

The purpose of this survey is to gain insight into the views of the system users.

Just moderate increase of a disposal fee should not be a reason to call for system’s adjustments. However, the revenue shortfalls of 2018-2020 have put the financial system in difficulty. It also became clear that the investments in new double-hulled bilge boats with lower-emission engines would quickly and significantly increase financial burdens.

Therefore, it is necessary to find out how the system of reception stations should be structured in the future! Without knowing the practice of bilgewater removal and the service expected by the users, the barge owners, it is hardly possible to steer the developments into the right direction.

The questionnaire is developed both for individual and multiple shipowners. To have the most accurate results, we kindly ask you to insert the specific differentiations of your ship(s) in separate questionnaires (when applicable).

Please, take some time and use this opportunity to contribute with your opinion to the important discussion.
The survey is available in several languages and will take approximately only 7 minutes to complete:

Thank you for your help and valuable collaboration!

Environment & Safety Committee of the IWT Platform
31 March 2021