Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

Manuals and Guidelines

Manual on Co-Operation in Response to Maritime Pollution

The HELCOM Manual on Co-operation in Response to Marine Pollution is applied by the Baltic Sea States in operational co-operation, surveillance activities and combatting exercises since 1983. The present Manual consists of three Volumes; 

  • Volume 1 dealing generally with co-operation in combatting marine pollution 
  • Volume 2 dealing specifically with co-operation in case of spillages o​f chemicals
  • Volume 3 dealing specifically with co-operation on combating spillages of oil and other harmful substances on the shore.

The Manual is recommended to be used as guidance when two or more Contracting Parties to the Helsinki Convention participate in a joint action in responding to spillages of oil and other harmful substances, i.e. chemicals.

Guidelines and Reporting Form for the Disposal of Dredged Material at Sea

The Guidelines and Reporting Form for the Disposal of Dredged Material at Sea were adopted by the 21st Meeting of the Heads of Delegation (June 2007) as authorized by the 28th Meeting of the Helsinki Commission (March 2007) with the intention to start the re-evaluation in 2007. Contracting Parties are obliged to apply these guidelines in their authorisation or regulation procedures for dredged material. However, the guidelines also contain recommendations that will not be applicable in all national or local circumstances.

The Project on Suitable Management of Contaminated Sediments (SMOCS) contributes to the revision of HELCOM guidelines on prevention of pollution of the Baltic Sea from dredging operations with, e.g., dissemination of information on best practices for both dredging methods and disposal options, as well as various ways of beneficial use of dredged material.


Manual on prosecuting environmental crime in the Baltic Sea region is written by member states of the Network of Prosecutors on Environmental Crime (ENPRO). It is meant to serve as a handbook for prosecutors and other authorities who work at environmental crime and need information about the judicial systems and legislation of the other member states of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). ​

For more HELCOM Manuals and Guidelines please follow this link.