Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

Baltic manual on chemical marine pollution response reviewed by HELCOM

The Baltic manual on response to chemical marine pollution is under review by a dedicated HELCOM task group meeting today. Such joint regional procedures have been in place since 1991 to supplement the overall joint framework on pollution response applied by the Baltic Sea countries since 1983. There is currently a need of revision due to global technological and operational developments in the field of chemical responseThe review of the “HELCOM Manual on Response to accidents at sea involving spills of hazardous substances and loss of packaged dangerous goods”, to be completed by the end of 2016 is called for by the decision in the HELCOM 2013 At today’s Meeting the task group will consider the first draft of the revised manual, provided by Finland based on the first meeting of the group last May, as well as intersessional consultations. The Meeting will also consider the next steps in the process.The HELCOM task group meeting is organized back to back with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) workshop on chemical marine pollution to tap into the latest developments in the field  – all documents will be public after the meetin * * * Note for editorsHELCOM works to ensure swift national and international response to maritime pollution incidents and that in case of an accident the right equipment is available and routines are in place to respond immediately in cooperation with neighbouring states. The group also coordinates the aerial surveillance of maritime shipping routes to provide a complete picture of sea-based pollution around the Baltic, and to help identify suspected polluters. The meetings of the Response group have been held regularly among all Baltic Sea countries and EU for over thirty years he Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, usually referred to as , is an intergovernmental organization of the nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union working to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution and to ensure safety of navigation in the region. Since 1974, HELCOM has been the governing body of the ‘Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area’, more commonly known as the Helsinki Convention * * * For more information, please contact:Hermanni Backer Professional Secretary for Maritime, Response and Maritime Spatial Planning HELCOM Tel:  +358 46 8509199 Skype: helcom02 E-mail: hermanni.backer(at) Johanna LaurilaInformation SecretaryHELCOMTel: +358 40 523 8988Skype: helcom70E-mail: johanna.laurila(at)

The Baltic manual on response to chemical marine pollution is under review by a dedicated HELCOM task group meeting today, continuing the work applied since 1983.