Ballast water management in the Baltic Sea

Let's start with some history. The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments – more commonly known as the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention – was adopted by IMO in 2004. but it entered into force on September 8, 2017. The reason for that was that the Convention stipulated that it enter into force 12 months after ratification by a minimum of 30 states, representing 35% of world merchant shipping tonnage. This requirement was met when Finland ratified the Convention on September 8, 2016, as the 52nd state, increasing the tonnage to 35.14 %. The Convention accepts two standards for managing ballast water to minimize the risk of transporting unwanted alien species. These are the: • D-1 standard (Transitional) • D-2 standard (Ultimate) So, what is the state of play at the end of 2023? [...]

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ETS extension to maritime – timeline

On December 19th, 2023, EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) published materials from a webinar on the ETS (Emission Trading Scheme) extension to the maritime sector. Please read the information available at the link below. The timeline for performing specific steps required for compliance with new regulations is quite restrictive. If you are looking for additional information or support on various topics related to the functioning of the Emissions Trading Scheme in Poland, please feel free to contact us. We are well positioned to assist with this subject.

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Is it compulsory to use pilots when crossing the Danish Straits?

As the Great Belt is a part of the Danish Territorial Water Danish law applies. Danish Pilotage Act - General Regulations As per the Danish Pilotage Act, it is mandatory to use a pilot for vessels passing to or from Danish ports and/or anchorages in Danish territorial waters, if the vessel; Carry oil or have uncleaned cargo tanks (including slop tanks) that have not been rendered safe with inert gas Carry chemicals –defined as IBC Code products type X, Y, Z Carry gasses Carry more than 5.000 mt bunker oil Carry highly radioactive materials Danish Pilotage Act can be found here. (section 4) [...]

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Does the Baltic Sea freeze over in winter?

According to scientific research, the Baltic Sea has frozen many times in the past. The earliest records of freezing date back to the era of the Vikings, who traveled on the frozen sea. In the Middle Ages, freezing of the Baltic Sea was a common phenomenon that significantly affected trade and communication between the Baltic states. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the freezing of the Baltic Sea reached its peak. It was common for the ice to cover the entire sea, creating a solid surface that made it possible to travel on foot, by cart and even on horseback. This was an unusual phenomenon that attracted the attention of both locals and travelers from other parts of Europe [...]

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