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Clean Baltic Sea Shipping

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Clean Baltic Sea Shipping

Eutrophication is regarded as the most severe threat to the Baltic Sea, affecting the the structure and functioning of the marine ecosystem resulting in e.g. algal blooms, and in turn reduced water transparency and oxygen depletion. Shipping contributes significantly to the eutrophication through nitrogen air emissions, sewage and waste pollution, and, as a result, the maritime transport system needs to be optimised to meet the demands of a sustainable development.
The problem has been addressed by the HELCOM action plan, by the five point action plan of BSSSC, as well as by the endorsement of the Baltic Sea EU strategy through CBSS.

The problems are however not only seen by policy, but also by ports and shipping itself. Previous EU projects developed strategies which influenced EU policy and e.g. resulted in EU recommendation for shoreside electricity and the EU Baltic Sea action plans).
With the Clean Baltic Sea Shipping project (CLEANSHIP) the action plans will be transformed to action again; at the heart of CLEANSHIP is the joint development of a clean shipping strategy, harmonisation of environmental differentiated port dues, and the development of concerted technical pilot systems regarding infrastructure for shoreside electricity, gas and LNG supply, and sewage reception in ports.

CLEANSHIP will have the aim to reduce ship borne air pollution both in the Baltic Sea per se as well as in ports and port cities of the Baltic Sea Region. Shipping is international.

CLEANSHIP” is funded by the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013, where it is part of the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region‘s priority area 4 “To become a model region for clean shipping”.
On policy level CLEANSHIP is considered a part of EU Baltic Sea Strategy flagship project “Promote measures to reduce emissions from ships and enhance the development” (under priority area 4), and it will seek to anchor the Clean Shipping Strategy in EU policies (ENV, MAR, TR, EN, REGIO).
This will be done in close collaboration with the EU projects InnoShip, Clean North Sea Shipping and Green EFFORTS.

On the strategic level the project will bring about harmonisation of environmentally related harbour dues, contribute to the IAPH environmental ship index, identify existing agreements between ports and develop systems for shoreside electricity, gas and LNG supply and sewage reception in ports.

Project leader:
Sten Björk
Work phone: +46 410 335370
Mobile phone: +46 708 817145
E-mail: sten.i.bjork@telia.com
Project period: june 2010 – december 2013


Formal partners

  • Port of Trelleborg, lead partner (SE)
  • City of Trelleborg (SE)
  • Ports of Stockholm (SE)
  • Port of Helsinki (FI)
  • Port of Turku (FI)
  • Norwegian Ship Owners Association (NO)
  • Port of Tallinn (EE)
  • Port of Kalundborg (DK)
  • Port of Rostock (DE)
  • Public Utility of Lübeck (DE)
  • Baltic Sea Forum (DE)
  • Skaane County Central Administration (SE)
  • Environmental Development Association (LV)
  • Klaipeda State Seaport Authority (LT)
  • Klaipeda University (LT)
  • Klaipeda Science and Technology Park (LT)
  • Maritime Institute in Gdańsk (PL)
  • Port of Oslo (NO)
  • Baltic Energy Forum (DE)
  • City of Hamburg (DE)

Associated Partners

  • Baltic Sea Subregional States Co-operation (BSSSC)
  • Swedish Maritime Administration (SE)
  • German Ministry of Transport (DE)
  • State Chancellery of Schleswig-Holstein (DE)
  • Germanischer Lloyd (DE)
  • Rosmorport (Kaliningrad) (RU)
  • Vestfold County Council (NO)
  • Port of Nexö (DK)
  • World Future Council (BL)
  • E.ON Gas Sverige AS (SE)
  • Exmar BV (BE)
  • Nordic LNG AB (SE)
  • Scandlines AB (SE)
  • Baltic Ports Organisation (PL)
  • German Shipowners Association (DE)
  • TT-Line GmbH (DE)
  • Maritimt Forum (NO)
  • Port of Gdańsk (PL)
  • City of Swinoujscie (PL)

Supporting Organisations/Partners

  • Danish Maritime Authority (DK)
  • Baltic Marine environment protection commission (FI)
  • Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) (SE)
  • German Hydrographic Administration (DE)
  • City of Lübeck (DE)
  • OKEANOS Foundation (DE)
  • Ministry of the Environment of Latvia (LT)
  • AIDA Cruises GmbH (DE)
  • SIDA (SE)
  • City of Gdansk (PL)
  • Ministry of Infrastructure (PL)
  • Ostsee Mineralöl – Bunker GmbH (DE)
  • Det Norske Veritas (NO, DE)
  • Ministry of Enterprises (SE)