Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

Baltic Sea Clean Shipping Guide released

​​​​​​​​New and extended version of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Clean Shipping guide has been released in both electronic and print form.

The publication, aimed at all mariners at sea, gives a concise and easily understandable overview of the regional environmental and safety of navigation measures applied in the Baltic Sea to maritime traffic.

The focus of the Baltic Sea Clean Shipping Guide is on commercial shipping which have to comply with the rules of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

However, some of the material are also relevant for smaller ships such as fishing boats, working vessels and pleasure craft. Even if specific coastal countries or ports may have deviating practices, the content should represent the regional best practice.

For detailed and authoritative information on requirements, please consult the original documents published by IMO, HELCOM or other referred organization. Navigation on the Baltic Sea area has always been of great importance to the people living around it. The Baltic Sea Clean Shipping Guide, or Clean Seas Guide, was first published in 2009 and previously revised in 2004, 2009 and 2012.

Sail clean and safe on the Baltic!

For a print version, please contact the HELCOM Secretariat at info(at)

Note for editors

The Maritime Working of HELCOM, originally established in 1975, identifies and promotes actions to limit sea-based pollution and ways for safer navigation. It also works to ensure enforcement and harmonized implementation of international shipping regulations. Its sub-groups include the HELCOM-OSPAR Task Group on Ballast Water Management (regional dimensions of implementing the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention), Expert Group on Safety of Navigation, Working Group for Mutual Exchange and Deliveries of Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, Green Technology and Alternative Fuels Platform, and HELCOM Cooperation Platform on Port Reception Facilities (PRF). The 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.

The publication is aimed at all mariners at sea and gives a general overview of the regional environmental and safety of navigation measures applied in the Baltic Sea to maritime traffic.