The overall goal of the Clean Baltic Sea Shipping is to reduce ship-borne air pollution in the Baltic Sea in general and in port cities of the Baltic Sea Region in particular. The project will result in solutions which will be possible to apply directly in order to obtain less polluting shipping in the vulnerable, and today so exposed, Baltic sea.

EU Strategy: „To become a model region for clean shipping” 

In June 2009, the European Commission presented a Communication on a Strategy for the BSR as well as an Action plan at the request of the European Council, which were adopted by the European Council in October 2009. The strategy has identified four pillars, each of which relates to a wide range of policies:

An environmentally sustainable region; a prosperous region; an accessible and attractive region; and a safe and secure region. 

The pillar on an environmentally sustainable region covers the following priority areas:

1)      To reduce nutrient inputs to the sea to acceptable levels;

2)      To preserve natural zones, biodiversity and fisheries;

3)      To reduce the use and impact of hazardous substances;

4)      To become a model region for clean shipping. 

At the core of the project are the joint elaboration of the clean shipping strategy, the preparation of 5 pilot activities and the harmonisation and standartisation of environmentally related infrastructure such as shoreside electricity, supply of LNG and natural gas and reception facilities for waste water from ships. Cruise line companies will be asked to refrain from releasing waste water into the Baltic Sea and to subscribe to an appropriate voluntary agreement. 

In order to provide a basis for this task several supporting studies will be done.

1)      Baseline calculation for emissions in partner ports;

2)      A study regarding the demand for environmentally related infrastructure in ports;

3)      A study on the availability of electricity and gas/LNG;

4)      A study regardingdevelopments in the bunker, electricity, gas and LNG markets;

5)      An analysis of existing economic instruments like environmentally differentiated port dues. 

Generalisation, harmonisation, standartisation

A joint clean shipping strategy for the Baltic Sea requires most intensive interrelation between all stakeholders in general and between partners in particualar. Inter-relation and coordination takes place at different levels.

Therefore the project will have a Political Committee which will provide the political view to the joint strategy and lift views from the project to political bodies on national and EU level.

Morover, the project will take actions towards a more concrete level. Therefore, in four workgropus (WG), the partners will discuss issues of joint concern.

In WG1 they will develope a joint strategy on differentiated port dues and other economic instruments. Work groups 2 to 4 will deal with all aspects of celan shipping in different shipping sectors.

WG2 „irregular traffic, mainly cruisers”

WG3 „regular traffic-mainly ferries and RoRo ships.”

WG4 „will investigate possible logistics routes to deliver LNG fuel to Baltic Sea ports”.

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