The Baltic Sea Day places this important body of water firmly in the spotlight. The Baltic Sea is essential for trade and travel, but it is also a fragile ecosystem.
On May 20th, PA’s Ship, Safe, Energy and Transport under the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region organized the webinar “Alternative Fuels: Impacts on Maritime Safety and the Environment in the Baltic Sea Region”.
DCT Gdansk, the largest container terminal in the Baltic, celebrates another milestone in its development with the handling of 15 million TEU containers since opening in 2007.
A significant number of cargo ships in the Baltic Sea discharge part of their waste directly into the sea, completely legally, even though this waste is known to eutrophicate the Baltic Sea.
Unearthed by a group of sub-water explorers in the year 2011, a unique entity rests deep under the freezing waters of the Gulf of Botnia, in the Baltic Sea region. Its unprecedented finding and the aura of mystery surrounding its background have popularly led to it being referred as the Baltic Sea Mystery.
Europe’s most modern ship waste-water reception facility went into operation at Kiel’s Ostseekai on June 14th.
Politicians, industry stakeholders and maritime Flagship Projects agree that there is a need to focus on cross-sectorial cooperation, education and training as well as enforcement of regulations in order to turn the region into a leading clean and safe shipping.
Ship fires pose a threat to maritime safety in Europe with the highest risk on roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) passenger ships because a single ship may carry more than 1000 people and tens of millions use this transport.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed this week that the Baltic Sea special area for sewage discharges from passenger ships under Annex IV or the MARPOL Convention will take effect by latest 2021 for IMO registered passenger vessels. However, in certain cases of direct passages between St. Petersburg area and the North Sea there is a two-year extension to the deadline, until 2023.