Ever since there has been shipping there has been ships waste. It took until the second half of the twentieth century before the disposal of waste at sea was properly recognised as a problem.
In 1954, the United Kingdom organized a conference on oil pollution which resulted in the adoption of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea by Oil (OILPOL).
What is a Port Reception Facility?
The European directive on Port Reception Facilities defines a Port Reception Facility as: "any facility, which is fixed, floating or mobile and capable of receiving shipgenerated waste or cargo residues".