Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

HELCOM, CBSS and stakeholders join forces to catalyse sustainable shipping in the Baltic Sea

The first meeting of the HELCOM GREEN TEAM strives to
advance sustainable shipping technology and new fuels in the region by
considering effective incentivesJoint session with HELCOM, CBSS, other regional
organisations, and stakeholders considers direction of regional efforts

Promoting sustainable shipping technology and new fuels in
the Baltic Sea is the theme of a full day event co-organised by HELCOM today,
Tuesday 5 September 2017, on the Island of Donsö in the Gothenburg archipelago.
 hoto: ShutterstockThe event is a part of the HELCOM commitment given in the UN
Ocean Conference in July 2017 to follow up the recent regulatory developments
in the Baltic Sea region, including restrictions to nitrogen oxide (NOx)
emissions from ships’ exhaust gases through a NOx Emission Control Area (NECA)The day will kick off with the first meeting of the HELCOM
Maritime Sub-group on Green Technology and Alternative Fuels for Shipping
(GREEN TEAM). The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) expert group
on maritime policy will meet in parallelThe afternoon will feature a dedicated session on a joint
regional agenda for green shipping, technology, and alternative fuels. At the
joint session, the nearly 70 registered participants from the networks of
HELCOM, CBSS, and a number of other participating organisations, as well as
other stakeholders, will consider past progress and identify priorities for
future regional workJust as the HELCOM GREEN TEAM sub-group in general (c.f. and ), the event is intended as a wide cooperation platform which is
open for public sector institutions and governments, maritime business, as well
as civil society (NGOs) interested in working together to advance sustainable
shipping technology and new fuels in the regionThe regional day is organised at the , the
largest shipping event in Sweden* * Note for editors:HELCOM is an intergovernmental organization made up of the
nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union. Founded in 1974, its
primary aims as the governing body of the Helsinki Convention are to protect
the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollutionThis includes pollution from ships and safe maritime
navigation, fields where the work involves regional dimensions of IMO
regulations and initiatives. The full official name of HELCOM is the Baltic
Marine Environment Protection CommissionHELCOM Maritime Working Group of HELCOM identifies and
promotes actions to limit sea-based pollution and finds ways for safer
navigation. Established in 1975, the group also deals with the harmonized
implementation and enforcement of international shipping regulationsThe Maritime group has a number of advisory expert bodies
including 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 for Shipping (GREEN TEAM), and HELCOM Cooperation Platform on
Port Reception Facilities (PRF)* * For more information, please contact:Anna PeterssonGREEN TEAM co-chair
Chair of HELCOM Maritime group
Head of Environment Section
Swedish Transport Agency
Tel: +46 10 4953 249
E-mail: anna.petersson(at) nita
GREEN TEAM co-chairChief
Adviser to the Director General, Maritime Sector
Finnish Transport Safety Agency (TraFi)
Tel: +358 40 1624592
E-mail: anita.makinen(at)trafi.f ermanni
Secretary for Maritime, Response and FisHELCOTel: +358 46 850919Skype:

The first meeting of the HELCOM GREEN TEAM strives to advance sustainable shipping technology and new fuels in the region by considering effective incentives.