Harmful Installations and Maritime Transport

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Baltic Sea is one of the most crowded shipping areas in the world. Hazardous substances from shipping get into the environment through atmospheric emissions from combustion, leaking from anti-fouling paints and intentional or accidental spills of oil and hazardous substances. According the HELCOM Maritime Assessment (2018), there were over 295 000 visits to the ports of the Baltic Sea region in 2015.

Maritime transport of hazardous substances and waste such as radioactive materials, oil and fertilizers also pose a threat to the Baltic Sea environment.

On the latter, CCB published a new report, “Concept Best Available Technologies & Techniques: Bulk Fertilizer Handling” to further the necessary discussion for port improvements for handling fertilizers in Baltic Sea ports. To that intention, CCB encourages industry development of best practices in an open innovation setting, with learning shared among peer organizations.

The goal

To substantially reduce the discharges of harmful substances to the Baltic Sea from sources both on land (municipal sewage, atmospheric deposition) and from point sources (Ships and harbours).

How is CCB working with this issue?

CCB aims to raise awareness on and avoid potential threats to the Baltic Sea environment and to valuable Baltic Sea coastal areas from harmful installations and maritime transport. Examples of harmful installations are oil terminals, nuclear power plants and port facilities.

CCB work is dedicated to promote environmentally safe technologies and responsible shipping practices for the handling and transport of harmful substances and waste (see above, Report “Concept Best Available Technologies & Techniques: Bulk Fertilizer Handling“).

What can countries do together?

  • Give very high priority to the implementation of the HELCOM Baltic Strategy to improve the system of port reception facilities for waste and harmful substances generated on ships;
  • Make concerted efforts to eliminate sub-standard ships from entering and operating in the Baltic Sea;
  • Put a stop to offshore oil and gas exploitation in the Baltic Sea.

What can each country do?

  • Take measures to reduce the discharges of harmful substances in municipal waste and storm water and as well as from installations which generate pollution;
  • Make detailed Environmental Impact Assessments.

What can you do?

  • Lobby your own government or local authorities to reduce the discharges of harmful substances to the Baltic Sea from sources both on land and from point sources.
See all CCB Publications about Harmful installations and maritime transport in Publications.



September 5, 2019

CCB joined the Ocean Call for G7

We have joined and signed the Ocean Call, which carries the voice and the commitments of more than 50 organizations mobilized for the ocean alongside Surfrider Foundation Europe.

Following the G7 Summit, the Ocean Call will also be staged at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York in September, at the COP 25 in Chile in December and finally at the COP 15 on Biodiversity in China in 2020.

Read the full declaration here.

March 6, 2019

Real actions, not ´realistic´ wishes – a recipe for an updated Baltic Sea Action plan

On 6-7 March high-level representatives met at the 40th Meeting of the Helsinki Commission. On this occasion, CCB was grateful to share the concerns of civil society organizations and almost a million individual members of CCB´s network around the Baltic Sea. Our concerns were (and are) connected with continuous and increasing violations of the fundamental principles and provisions of the Helsinki Convention:

  • Precautionary principle and science-based management;
  • Transparency, trust and sharing information to minimize transboundary impacts;
  • Joint measures for reaching joint goals, instead of prioritising actions of “overriding national interest”.

Read the full CCB´s statement here.


August 13, 2018

50 NGOs call on the International Seabed Authority to reconsider the need for deep sea mining

As the International Seabed Authority (ISA) gathers in Jamaica (24th session, July 2018), environmental organisations are calling on governments to wake up to the irreversible harm that deep sea mining will inflict, not only to marine ecosystems but also to global efforts to transition to a sustainable economy.

In a joint statement to the ISA, 50 organisations, including CCB, Greenpeace and Seas At Risk, warn of significant loss of biodiversity if the world’s seabeds are opened up to mining.

Read the full statement here.

March 5, 2018

Joint NGO letter to ministers about HELCOM BSAP

A joint NGO letter from CCB, Oceana and WWF to the minsters of environment concerning the progress towards BSAP goals in 2021. This letter was sent as part of the Ministerial meeting in HELCOM, 6th of March 2018:  Joint Letter to ministers on BSAP WWF Oceana CCB


February 28, 2017

To reach the SDGs globally the Baltic-wide actions need to be implemented first!

logo_2rToday, high-level representatives of the HELCOM Contracting Parties will meet in Helsinki to discuss how the Baltic Sea Region can contribute to the global goals on the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources by 2030. Actions related to eutrophication, marine litter and climate change will be given special focus in the discussions.

On behalf of environmentally concerned citizens of the Baltic Sea catchment, Coalition Clean Baltic would like to share some input to this work and bring to the attention of regional decision-makers the urgent needs to be addressed in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs) and, even more importantly, to save the Baltic Sea from further deterioration.

Read the full statement here.







March 11, 2016

Statement at the 37th Meeting of the Helsinki Commission, 10-11 March 2016

Once again, we would like to share with you the concerns of civil society organizations and over 800,000 individual members of CCB’s network around the Baltic Sea.

Read Statement here: CCB_statement_HELCOM37_2016

February 15, 2016

Update of information regarding anthropogenic threats to Kurgalskiy Nature Reserve, Leningrad Oblast, Russia

CCB expressed its concerns regarding potential threats of industrial and urban developments in the vicinity of Kurgalsky Peninsula and Nature Reserve, the site of international importance, both listed as HELCOM MPA (#166) and the Ramsar Convention wetland (#690) at HELCOM HOD 49-2015

Read statement here: 7-2 Update of information regarding anthropogenic threats to Kurgalskiy Nature Reservey_CCB


November 19, 2015

Pending issues from HELCOM STATE & CONSERVATION 3-2015

With reference to the Terms of Reference of the HELCOM STATE & CONSERVATION Group, Coalition Clean Baltic submitted the following two information documents to the third Meeting of the Group:

  • (7J-4) Proposal for actions to save European eel in the Baltic Sea
  •  (7J-5) Physical loss and damage to the sea floor marine sediment extraction in the Baltic Sea

Read statement here: 4-19 Pending issues from State and Conservation 3-2015_CCB

November 19, 2015

Call for HELCOM action regarding Baltic MPAs within Russian part of the Gulf of Finland

In early September 2015, Coalition Clean Baltic approached Russian federal, regional and municipal authorities, as well as HELCOM, with a call for urgent action regarding the situation around one of the HELCOM Baltic MPAs and Ramsar sites in the Russian part of the Gulf of Finland, namely Kurgalsky Natural Reserve.

Read statement here: 4-18 Call for HELCOM action regarding Baltic MPAs within Russian part of the Gulf of Finland

November 19, 2015

Funding the EU MSFD Programs of Measures

A crucial part of the coherent implementation of the BSAP and the EU MSFD is the commitment to fund the needed measures to reach the GES targets. CCB is becoming concerned that several CPs being also EU MS have argued at different occasions, including the IG PoM and EU MSCG, that funding is a major problem for implementing the MSFD PoMs.  For a number of reasons CCB considers these claims unjustified.

Read statement here: 4-17 Funding the EU MSFD Programs of Measures_CCB

September 18, 2015

Open letter addressing Russian authorities and HELCOM

Open letter addressing Russian authorities and HELCOM with regards to an alarming situation around Kurgalskiy Nature Reserve at the coastline of the Gulf of Finland.

The letter addresses the situation, which mainly concerns conflicts between nature protection goals, large infrastructure projects and urban planning of the coastal area in the vicinity of the Kurgalskiy State Nature Reserve. The situation requires urgent action to prevent damage to natural amenities of this Protected Area and save it as the only MPA within Russian part of the Baltic Sea that covers both land and sea area.

Read the letter here. Note: the letter is both in English and Russian.


Bettina TaylorBUND, Friends of the Earth GermanyGermany+49 421 79 002 34
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Valdur LahtveeEstonian Green MovementEstonia+372 627 61 02