After three years of intensive work among reducing harmful atmospheric emissions from shipping, BSR InnoShip has come to its finalizing stage. The final seminar was arranged in Brussels on 9-10 September with two different aspects; the first day concentrated on the technical issues and solutions while the second day was dedicated to policy directions for further integration of innovations in clean shipping. A lot has been achieved, but in the other hand the work has just begun – many operators on the maritime branch are still hoping for a longer transition period when it comes to emission restrictions, although it is clear that the new sulphur regulations will step into force in 2015.
As the project results always deserve wider publicity than just presentations in the seminar, the outputs and results are collected and published in the Pan-Baltic Manual of Best Practices on Clean Shipping and Port Operations, which UBC proudly presents. The manual includes practical guidelines for local and national authorities, ship-owners and logistics managers to make it easier for each party to make decisions that comply with the regulations but also maintain their competitiveness in the field.
The Manual is divided to five chapters with different purposes. You can find facts of Baltic maritime transport and its importance for the Baltic Sea countries and tendencies of ships’ air emissions in the region, the present and upcoming regulations, best practices and recommendations for shipping on a common level but also separately for ports and cities. The whole BSR InnoShip team has participated in the development of the contents and wish that the manual will spread good news about innovative solu-tions as widely as possible.
Text and photo: Mia Hytti, project coordinator