Current Flagship Projects
The current Flagship Projects of the Priority Area on Clean Shipping include:
(click on the Flagship Project concerned to read a description of the project)
Ongoing Flagship Projects:
4.1. “Promote measures to collect ship generated waste” (enhanced application of HELCOM’s ‘no special-fee’ system for port reception facilities especially for oily wastes from machinery spaces, sewage and garbage). It is important that the main ports implement a uniform and transparent approach. Furthermore, the availability of port reception facilities in the Baltic Sea Ports should be further enhanced covering the delivery of all wastes, including sewage. The HELCOM member states have agreed to a Roadmap for upgrading port reception facilities for sewage in passenger ports in the Baltic Sea area to be implemented as soon as possible, preferably by 2013, and at the latest by 2015. The project was conducted in close correlation with former flagship project 4.4. (Lead: HELCOM, deadline: to be determined)
4.2. “Promote measures to reduce emissions from ships and enhance the development for shore side electricity facilities or for emission treatment in all major ports around the Baltic Sea". Their use should be promoted including through economic incentives in order to come to a level playing field. This Flagship Project consists of two major activities;
“Clean Baltic Sea Shipping". The Cleanship project aims to identify solutions for reductions in ship emissions in order to achieve a sustainable shipping industry and land transportation links as required by the new IMO regulations. To this end, the project seeks to facilitate the implementation of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and is planning to develop a general clean shipping strategy through 6 pilot projects. A key element in the project is the coordinated implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan and joint efforts to develop environmentally friendly infrastructure, such as shore side electricity, LNG capabilities and waste water reception facilities in ports. The project will be implemented in cooperation with the private sector on a voluntary basis (Clean Baltic Sea Shipping (CLEANSHIP) project, lead: Port of Trelleborg, deadline 31 December 2013)
“Baltic Sea cooperation for reducing ship and port emissions through knowledge- & innovation-based competitiveness”. The Innoship project promotes an innovative transnational approach to mitigate the different needs and interests of the maritime sector and to ensure a level playing field for more sustainable and economically viable management of the Baltic Sea resources. The project will provide the needed knowledge and best practices for the policy and decision makers in development and joint implementation of national and transnational policies, strategies and concrete measures to implement the international low emission requirements. Practical models and tools will be elaborated to estimate economic implications of the required emission reductions and encouraging voluntary measures and economic incentives for low emission solutions in local, national and the Baltic Sea level. (Baltic Sea cooperation for reducing ship and port emissions through knowledge- & innovation-based competitiveness (INNOSHIP) project, lead: Baltic Institute of Finland, deadline 31 December 2013)
4.3. “Introduce Differentiated Port Dues depending on the Environmental Impact on Ships.”
The aim is to set up economic incentives for ships to produce low emissions, managing wastewater and ballast water in a sustainable way, using environmentally friendly technologies etc. HELCOM Recommendation 28E/13 encourages application of economic incentives and gives examples of rebate schemes for reducing emissions. There are different – and very often complex - port/fairway dues systems in the Baltic Sea countries. The economic incentives have a potential to bring the biggest results when implemented in a larger geographical area, not limited to a specific port or a country. There is also a question of competitiveness of ports. There are also other means to encourage emission reductions, such as awards, ship specific environmental indices, voluntary agreements with ship owners, and promotion of use of alternative fuels. The Energy Efficient Design Index (EEDI) of the IMO could serve as a tool to implement and measure the emissions reduction. The HELCOM Maritime Group has noted that the use of alternative fuels and addressing the existing ships to reduce NOx emissions through e.g. economic incentives are important topics, which will be addressed at the HELCOM Maritime Group meetings, also taking into account the upcoming HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in 2013. The reduction of NOx emissions from new ships will be dealt with according to the planned designation of the Baltic Sea as a NOx Emission Control Area (NECA). (Lead: HELCOM; Deadline; to be determined.
"Marine Competence, Technology and Knowledge Transfer for Liquid Natural Gas in the South Baltic Sea Region (Martech LNG)"The project aims to ensure that knowledge of LNG technology is transferred to the countries in the region that are currently building LNG terminals. It is important to ensure capacity building and to transfer knowledge on the topic to companies in the region, in order to ensure that future operation and maintenance can be done locally. The project addresses the potential supply chain of small-and medium-sized enterprises in the region that have an opportunity to gain competence in LNG technology during the construction of LNG terminals, as well as scientific institutions. The anticipated result is a regional cluster with competence on LNG that can utilize business opportunities offered in the emerging LNG market. Lead: Klaipeda Science and Technology Park, Lithuania. Deadline: December 2014.
"Indexing the environmental impact of vessels (Clean Shipping Index – real time, quantified insight into the environmental performance of ships)".
Cargo owners increasingly influence the logistic chains for their goods. The drivers are efficiency and costs, but also reliability and sustainability. In the Clean Shipping Index database ships and ship owners are ranked in accordance with their environmental performance. In order to minimize their corporate environmental footprints, cargo owners may use the information from the Clean Shipping Index during the procurement of sea transport. The project has already close to 50 shipping companies involved and nearly 2000 vessels are indexed. The intention is to expand the cargo owner network and attract more shipping companies and simultaneously extend the concept to other parts of Europe with a view to becoming a self-sustaining organisation in 3-5 years. Lead: Clean Shipping Network Association. Deadline: 2015
A list of the Priority Area´s completed Flagship Projects can be found here.