To advance sustainable shipping and reduce emissions of pollutants such as Sulphur (SOx) and Nitrogen (NOx) in the Baltic, the of the Council of the Baltic Sea States () and have launched this morning a regional platform of business and public partners to promote the development and use of green technology and alternative fuels in shipping in the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Development Forum and the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics also cooperate in the launch of the platform. The aim of the new platform is to bring together policy makers, administrations, business community, financial experts; as well as research and development representatives to work on a joint understanding on the way forward. The kickoff event today on-board the passenger ship M/V Viking Grace, fueled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), will draft a “Roadmap for future actions” in the field of green technology and alternative fuels in shipping in the Baltic Sea area. The Roadmap outlines draft priority actions, lead partners and timelines for joint actions for further consideration and finalization during spring 2014. The establishment of the platform stems from a commitment agreed at the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting 3 October 2013 to work towards the creation of a joint “Green Technology and Alternative Fuels Platform for Shipping” together with other regional actors in the Baltic Sea. The early introduction of alternative fuels and green technology in the Baltic will reduce NOx emissions from shipping. The platform thus supplements the ongoing process to designate the Baltic Sea as a Nitrogen Emission Control Area (NECA) under the MARPOL Convention of the International Maritime Organisation, a hot topic during the 2013 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting. * * *Note for editorsShipping has steadily increased in the Baltic Sea during the last decade, reflecting intensifying co-operation and economic prosperity around the region. On the average, 2,000 ships are at sea every day and by 2017, maritime transport of goods in the region has been estimated to double. At the same time, increasing maritime transportation threatens fragile ecosystems and the livelihoods of the many people who depend on the sea. The Maritime Group of HELCOM () 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. * * *For further information, please contact:Hermanni BackerProfessional Secretary for Maritime, Response and Maritime Spatial Planning HELCOM Tel: +358 46 8509199 Skype: helcom02 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Johanna Laurila Information Secretary HELCOM Tel: +358 40 523 8988 Skype: helcom70 E-mail: email@example.com
HELCOM, CBSS and regional partners join forces to advance sustainable shipping and reduce emissions of pollutants.