THE TREATMENT OF WASTE THAT INEVITABLY OCCURS DURING THE OPERATION OF VESSELS IS OF PARTICULAR CONCERN. IN LINE WITH THIS ISSUE, INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION HAD BEEN SETTLED TO DISPOSE AND MANAGE WASTE IN RELATION WITH THE INLAND NAVIGATION IN EUROPE.
As the management and the disposal of waste is organised on a national level, an international convention entered into force on 1st November 2009 for the six contracting parties. The Convention on the collection, deposit and reception of waste produced during navigation on the Rhine and Inland Waterways (CDNI) makes a distinction according to the origin of the waste occurring on board, taking into account the corresponding responsibilities and :
- encourage the prevention of waste generation,
- canalise the disposal to the dedicated waste reception facilities along the waterway network,
- ensure adequate funding in view of the “polluter-pays principle”,
- facilitate compliance with the prohibitions of discharge of the waste into surface water.
The CDNI has been ratified by six countries (Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France) and is applicable over the entire length of the river Rhine and on all inland waterways in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as on some inland waterways segments in Luxembourg and France.