YoungShip Helsinki webinar with Baltic Sea Action Group 14.5.2020

We are very happy to announce that Elisa Mikkolainen, Project Director, Maritime Affairs at BSAG will give us a webinar on the 14 May 2020 at 16:00 Finnish time.

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22 June


5 pm (GMT +3 / Eastern European Time (EET))



Approx. 200 vessels are daily in traffic in the Baltic Sea, and 95 % of these vessel are cargo vessels. Approx 25.000 crew members are sailing onboard these vessels and their gray water and food waste can be legally pumped overboard. Companies with a responsible environmental attitude (for instance car ferries between Finland, Sweden and Estonia as well as cargo vessels in liner trade) are not releasing sewage or food waste into the sea. Also some of the international cruise vessels have now taken a more responsible approach towards the environment and emissions. 

Despite the responsible actions, a large amount of food waste and gray water is released into the Baltic Sea from both passenger- and cargo vessels. Gray water contains phosphorus and nitrogen, as well as pathogens, chemicals and micro plastics. For microbes and bacteria is processed food waste nutrition that increases eutrophication.

The regulations for passenger ships will be tightened in the Baltic Sea 2021-2023. However, there will be no new regulation for cargo vessels, at least for the foreseeable future. The topic has been discussed in both IMO and HELCOM, but a rapid change seems unlikely. As a result, voluntary measures are needed to reduce emissions and nutrient loads in the Baltic Sea.

How this will be handled, that is what you will learn more about in the webinar!