New rules on ships' waste amid patchy progress on sea pollution

New regulations requiring port authorities to prepare waste management plans and provide adequate reception facilities for ships' waste came into force on 27 January.1 The move is the latest step in the tightening of the UK's marine pollution controls following the Braer and Sea Empress tanker accidents - but action on shipping charges, financing of emergency salvage tugs, designation of marine environmental protection zones and improved contingency planning is still awaited.

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