UAB-Online develops digital CDNI documentation for inland tankers

UAB-Online reports that it has developed a digital method to help liquid bulk operators comply with the updated CDNI documentation for European inland tanker shipping that came into effect on 1 July.

The Convention on the collection, deposit and reception of waste produced during navigation on the Rhine and inland waterways (CDNI) aims to address environmental issues around tanker degassing in open air, which include air pollution, ecosystem damage and odour nuisance, primarily due to the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful substances.

The CDNI prohibits the practice of open-air degassing for vessels carrying specific hazardous cargoes, particularly those that release harmful VOCs. Its reporting requirements require ships to maintain records of their waste management practices, including the handling of gaseous emissions, by properly filling out the updated CDNI attestation.

“It’s important to the environment to prevent degassing in open air. The first steps are taken, but we see that the new rules are making the attestation of unloading more complicated, which leads to human errors and discussions between enforcement agencies, barges and terminal operators,” said Hans Bobeldijk, CEO of UAB-Online.

“For that reason, we have collaborated with key government entities to develop a digital method to fill out the new CDNI unloading declaration easily, error-free and without room for discussions.”

UAB-Online worked with Rijkswaterstaat, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) within the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, and Transafe, a company specialising in safety, environmental and security-related processes, to develop its digital method for completing the CDNI attestation.

The digital documentation consists of five questions to fill out the CDNI, with links to a prohibited substances table. The document can be prepared before or during the visit to a terminal and made available in accordance with the retention period of the CDNI.

Data can be automatically shared as a PDF between the ship and terminal via email, with the ability to also add proof of exclusive transport or compatible cargo directly to the file.

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