Baltic Marine Environment
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Responsible cruising promoted by HELCOM and CLIA

​​​​​​​​​​HELCOM active at European Maritime Day 18-19 May 2016 in turku, Finland HELCOM and the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) will host a on effective solutions for responsible growth in cruising on 18 May at the in Turku, Finland. Registration to the workshop is ! >> >The workshop will present state-of-the-art developments in the cruise industry and discuss the potential for maritime stakeholders’ cooperation in responsible growth. The cruise industry has a proven record of adding significant economic value to Europe. Only by acting together, the potential of blue economy can be unlocked. The participants and speakers will together discuss challenges and concrete suggestions to remove bottlenecks for a prosperous future of cruising and a sustainable maritime economy. >>>The session runs from 9:00 to 10:30 and will be moderated by Hermanni Backer, Professional Secretary at HELCOM. Speaking will be:>Tom Strang (Senior Vice President, Maritime Affairs at CARNIVAL CORP. & PLC and Chair of the CLIA Europe Environment, Safety and Security Subcommittee),Anna Petersson (Head of environment section, Swedish Transport Agency) ,Kirsti Tarnanen-Sariola (Deputy Director, Finnish Port Association and European Sea Ports Organisation; TBC), andPauli Merriman (Director, WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme).>The brief outcome of the workshop will be made available soon afterwards. HELCOM has long worked on issues related to cruising in the Baltic Sea, with a last month with the IMO decision to bring the region into special sewage area status by 2021.  HELCOM elsewhere at European Maritime Day Coinciding with this year’s European Maritime Day (EMD), HELCOM is also organizing the on 18 May at 13:00-15:00. As a part of the official EMD programme HELCOM is co-organizing the session on with the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). Further, HELCOM’s Executive Secretary Monika Stankiewicz will speak on 19 May at 08:30-10:30 at the session on . There will also be a under the theme of maritime spatial planning at the Networking Village. Interested parties may register to European Maritime Day . Please note that some workshops, such as , require separate registration. ​​​* * * Note for editorsThe 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:Johanna LaurilaInformation SecretaryHELCOMTel: +358 40 523 8988Skype: helcom70E-mail: johanna.laurila(at)​

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