COMPLETE ‘Completing management options in the Baltic Sea region to reduce risk of invasive species introduction by shipping’
Duration: 01.10.2017- 30.09.2020
Funding source: INTERREG Baltic Sea 2014-2020
COMPLETE aims at developing a consistent and adaptive management tools and recommendations for the Baltic Sea Region by addressing both major introduction vectors of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens, ballast water and hull fouling. The vital role of the shipping industry as the main vehicle of the global trade is well recognized. The modern ships are getting faster, larger, more efficient economically and environmentally friendly. Yet, one of the unsolved problems remains the involvement of shipping in uncontrolled introduction of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens. There are many policy documents dealing with practices which can help to minimize risk of introduction of such an organism by shipping, like International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship's Ballast Water and Sediments (BWMC), IMO Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships' Biofouling to Minimize the Transfer of Invasive Aquatic Species, EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) which aims to reach the good environmental status of the EU's marine waters by 2020 or HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (2007) which set the ecological objective ‘No introductions of alien species from ships’. So, the management of both ballast water and biofouling of ships is a complex task, needing implementation of both international and regional regulatory requirements.
To achieve the project goal, a number of activities arranged in six interrelated work packages will be carried out. Stakeholders, such as maritime and environmental ministries and their agencies, shipyards, marinas and nautical organizations, shipbuilding, Baltic ports, coastal municipalities and NGOs will also be involved in the implementation of project tasks. Among the main outcomes of the COMPLETE are: (1) recommendations of improvement of HELCOM monitoring manual of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens to cover the needs for BWMC and MSFD, (2) improvement of the risk assessment tool under the Joint Harmonized Procedure for the Contracting Parties of HELCOM and OSPAR on the granting of exemptions under International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, Regulation A-4, (3) proposal for a regional biofouling management strategy (ROADMAP).
In the end of September 2018 COMPLETE gained flagship project status from the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). This demonstrates the high political relevance of ships’ ballast water and hull fouling management to reduce the risk of introduction of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens. The flagship status supports conveying the relevant results and recommendations of the COMPLETE project to the policy level and contributes to ensuring that the project results are used in practice.
Denmark: (1) Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, (2) International Council for the Exploration of the Sea; Estonia: (3) Estonian Ministry of the Environment, (4) AS Tallink Grupp, (5) Baltic Ports Organization; Finland: (6) Finnish Ministry of the Environment, (7) Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, (8) Finnish Transport Safety Agency, (9) Finnish Safety and Chemical Agency, (10) Finnish Energy, (11) Finnish Sailing and Boating Federation, (12) Finnlines PLC, (13) Navidom Oy, (14) Viking Line Abp; Germany: (15) Port of Hamburg Marketing, (16) German Federal Environment Agency; Lithuania: (17) Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration, (18) SE Klaipeda State Seaport Authority; Poland: (19) Polish Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, (20) Polish Register of Shipping S.A., (21) Port of Gdynia Authority S.A.; Russia: (22) Makarov Training Centre of Admiral Makarov State, (23) University of Maritime and Inland Shipping; Sweden: Swedish Transport Agency.
Project website: www.balticcomplete.com