Control on Marine Dumping

Following the spirit of the London Convention, the Dumping At Sea Ordinance (DASO) controls the disposal and dumping of substances and articles from vessels, aircraft and marine structures in the sea and under the sea-bed and the related loading operations. All these operations would require a permit to be issued by the Director of Environmental Protection as the Authority under the DASO. 
Before an application of a marine dumping permit is made, the project proponent should have fulfilled the requirements stipulated in "Environment, Transport and Works Bureau Technical Circular (Works) No. 34/2002" as applicable or "Buildings Department Practice Note for Authorized Persons and Registered Structural Engineers No. ADV-21 regarding dredged sediments testing and allocation of dumping capacity.

Currently, all dumping vessels have to be approved in a marine dumping permit issued under the DASO. Each of the vessels has to be installed with an automatic recording equipment, namely the Front End Mobile Unit (FEMU), which is a key component of the Real Time Tracking & Monitoring of Vessel (RTTMV) System of EPD. The FEMU transmits self-monitoring data direct from the barge at sea to the Control Centre at EPD through GPRS mobile communication network.





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