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Clean Shipping - a Policy Area of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region 

The first macro-regional strategy
In 2009, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region was adopted, as the European Union´s first macro-regional strategy. The Strategy consists of several thematic areas, of which one focuses on clean shipping. The overall goal of the Policy Area on Clean Shipping (PA Ship) is for the Baltic Sea Region “to become a model region for clean shipping”. This objective is pursued through a political dialogue and through a number of flagship projects. The Danish Maritime Authority serves as Policy Area Coordinator for this Policy Area.

Green growth
In the Baltic Sea Region, maritime transport constitutes an important backbone for trade; thus at any given moment there are more than 2000 ships operating in the Baltic Sea. Both the number and the size of vessels have been growing in recent years and is currently representing up to 15% of the world’s cargo traffic. Moreover, the vessel traffic is predicted to increase further in the years to come. The Baltic Sea is environmentally fragile, due to its shallow, semi-closed waters and densely populated shores.  Shipping is a very effective mode of transport when measured in emissions per tonnes of cargo; however, maritime transport is nevertheless an important source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

A model region for clean shipping
Today, new technology to reduce the emissions from ships´ engines is being developed, and simultaneously less polluting fuels are being tested. In this context, it should be recalled that the Baltic Sea Region hosts global champions in shipping and maritime equipment manufacturing.
Cleaner shipping in the Baltic Sea and a high level of competence in clean shipping technology in the region contributes to reaching the overall objectives of the Strategy to clean the sea and to increase prosperity, and can be obtained i.a. through strengthened regional cooperation. The vision is that the Baltic Sea should become a model region for clean shipping. 

Further information about the Policy Area can be found in this brochure.

Ongoing Flagship Projects of the Policy Area

Sustainable Shipping and Environment of the Baltic Sea Region - SHEBA

Compliance monitoring for Marpol Annex VI - CompMon 

Environmental Impact of Low Emission Shipping: Measurements and Modelling Strategies – EnviSuM 

Indexing the environmental impact of vessels - Clean Shipping Index

Successfully completed Flagship Projects of the Policy Area

To facilitate LNG infrastructure in Baltic Sea Ports (LNG in Baltic Sea Ports) II - LNG in Balic Sea Ports II

Build competences on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) installations in the region - Martech LNG

Promote measures to collect ship generated waste

Eliminate the discharge of sewage from ships

To facilitate LNG (liquefied natural gas) infrastructure in Baltic Sea Ports

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

Conduct a feasibility study on LNG infrastructure for short sea shipping 

Improve the waste handling on board and in ports

The Policy Area Coordinator's work is co-financed by the interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020.
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Danish Maritime Authority

Ms Gitte Mondrup

Special Adviser
Policy Area Coordinator

Phone: +45 72 19 61 05



Ms Ditte Folke Kikkert Henriksen
Head of Section
Assisting Policy Area Coordinator

Phone: +45 72 19 62 26



The Policy Area in brief
PA Ship brochure

The Policy Area on Clean Shipping is co-financed by the interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.