The overall goal of the Policy Area on Clean Shipping or PA Ship, as it is abbreviated, is for the Baltic Sea Region “to become a model region for clean shipping”.
The work in PA Ship is carried out through a project-based policy dialogue and since the adoption of the EUSBSR in 2009, a broad range of policy activities and Flagship Projects and Seed Money Projects have been conducted, and a series of results have been achieved in order to implement the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). These results have contributed to the development of clean shipping in the region and have helped pave the way for new project activities, developing already achieved results further. See the list of successfully completed Flagship Projects.
The current Action Plan of PA Ship includes three actions implemented by the on-going Flagship Projects of PA Ship.
Denmark serves as Policy Area Coordinator (PAC) for PA Ship and has undertaken to initiate Flagship Projects and maintain a policy dialogue on behalf of the eight EU member States of the Baltic Sea Region. The actual work is carried out by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA). The coordination work is partly funded by the Baltic Sea Region Programme.
The PAC is advised and assisted by an international Steering Committee. The members of the Steering Committee are representatives from relevant ministries or state agencies operating in the field of shipping and the European Commission represented by its relevant services. Leaders of Flagship Projects and Seed Money Projects under PA Ship are also usually attending the meetings of the Steering Committee as well as other stakeholders who have an interest in the area, such as e.g. ports, shipowners and interest groups. The Steering Committee conducts project based policy discussions relevant for implementing the EUSBSR. At the Steering Committee meetings recent developments within clean shipping are discussed and projects present their progress and results and receive advice on how to tackle challenges. The Steering Committee also discusses how PA Ship can contribute to filling gaps and solving future challenges in order for the region to become a model region for clean shipping.