The Internet-based Port Reception Facility Database (PRFD) went live to the public on 1 March 2006, as a module of the IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) http://gisis.imo.org/Public/. The database provides data on facilities for the reception of all categories of ship-generated waste. Data for reception facilities can be updated only by the respective Member States via a log-in password, while the public is allowed free access, following a simple initial registration, to all the information on a view-only basis. Information on password administration for Member States has been made available in Circular Letter 2892 of 24 June 2008 (Access to IMO Web services, including GISIS and IMODOCS) and in Circular Letter 2683 of 30 November 2005 (GISIS – port reception facilities database), both Circular Letters available through IMODOCS.
The circulars and the database are aimed at improving the rate of reporting alleged inadequacies of reception facilities so that the problem can be tackled more effectively.