Harmful Installations and Maritime Transport

The problemharmful_ins

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

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 are 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.

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 of all

What can you do?

The turning point for saving the Baltic Sea is now

The action plan linked to the ecosystem approach which the Helsinki convention (HELCOM) agreed upon in 2007 is at risk. The progress of the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) has slowed down and most of the problems that were identified 40 years ago are...

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Nord Stream 2 considers route through nature reserve optimal

The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology has provided its European counterparts with the report on Environmental Impact Assessment of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The document favours the option for routeing the gas pipeline through the unique Kurgalsky natural reserve. The  main...

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See all CCB Publications about Harmful installations and maritime transport in Publications.



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.

Alexander FedorovCentre for Environmental InitiativesRussia+7 812 3156622
Bernt NordmanFinnish Society for Nature and EnvironmentFinland+358 961 222 90
Elena ShumskayaGreen WorldRussia+7 81369 729 91
Galina RaguzinaECODEFENSE! Group KaliningradRussia+7 4012 75 71 06
Gennady ShabarinGreen WorldRussia+7 812 172 85 97
Gunnar NorénSenior Advisor+46 70-560 53 52
Oleg BodrovGreen WorldRussia+7 813 69 72991
Piotr GruszkaGreen Federation GAJAPoland+48 91 489 42 33
Tapani VeistolaVuosaari Harbour / Finnish Association for Nature ConservationFinland+358 922 808 266
Valdur LahtveeEstonian Green MovementEstonia+372 627 61 02
Vera OvcharenkoGreen WorldRussia+7 921 921 79 25
Wolfgang GüntherBUNDGermany+49 982 338 62