The Internet-based Port Reception Facility Database (PRFD) went live on 1 March 2006, as a module of the IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS). The database provides data on facilities for the reception of all categories of ship-generated waste. The public is allowed free access, following a simple initial registration, to all the information on a view-only basis. Data for reception facilities can be updated only by the respective Member States via a log-in password. Information on password administration for Member States has been made available in Circular Letter 2892 and in Circular Letter 2683.
The circulars and the database are aimed at improving the rate of reporting alleged on inadequacies of reception facilities so that the problem can be tackled more effectively.